Music of Madhya Pradesh

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A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735 (Rajasthan)
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Madhya Pradesh is a state of India. Music from the area includes rural folk and tribal music, ceremonial and ritual music and Indian classical music. Unlike in many parts of India, the people of Madhya Pradesh place few restrictions on who can sing which songs. With the exception of some ritualistic works, people sing songs from across ethnic and racial boundaries.

In Bastar, the Muria and Sing Maria tribes are known for the songs called relo, which are sung by children. The same region is home to the dhankul songs associated with invoking Danteshwari, a goddess, and the seasonal chait parah. Around Jagdalpur, leha songs are popular. They are sung as part of a ritual for the departure of a loved one. The Kamar people are known for a kind of marriage song, often addressed to legendary trumpeter Moharia.

Bundelkhand and Baghelkand, home of the Baghelas, are a land known for semi-historical songs devoted to Hardaul and other deities. Many songs in this area were written by the poet Isuri. Pai songs are sung, accompanied by the saira dance, during the rainy season.

In the south of Nimad, philosophical nirguni lavani and ertoci shringari lavani songs are popular. The same area, as well as Malwa, are inhabited by the musically inclined Adivasi people.

Various kinds of drums are found throughout Madhya Pradesh. These include the large drums of Bastar, the dhols and mandal[disambiguation needed]s played by the Bhils, the Muria parang and the ghera, damahu, timki, tasa, chang and dphala.

The bans is an instrument unique to Madhya Pradesh, though it is similar to the ayar kuzhal of the south. It is an aerophonic instrument about four feet in length, made of bamboo, and played by the Rawats.

Rock/Metal Music[edit]


The Indore scene (in Central India) initially ignored by the mainstream Rock/Metal fraternity has been emerging as the 'Dark Horse' of Indian Rock and Metal Scene since mid 2000's. Though Metal dominates the scene, the city has produced bands from all kinds of genre (Classic Rock, Alternative, Hard Rock, Death Metal).

Nicotine which was formed in December 2006, is widely credited for being the pioneers of Metal music, not just in the Indore but in Central India.[1][2][3][4] Zero Gravity, another Metal band from the city, released their full length album Holocaust Awaits in 2014.[5]

Nicotine, Grim Reapers and Bliss are the only 3 bands to have qualified from the Central Zone of the 'Campus Rock Idols' Competition. Ceaseless Juncture, Across The Line are some of the exiting active bands. There were bands like Avalanche, Auxiliary Triangle, Assault, Overdrive, Blindfolds which are now disbanded, but won competitions outside the city. Though its an independent scene, major bands from outside the city like BLAKC, Zygnema, Demonic Resurrection, Undying Inc, Albatross etc have performed in Indore.


Bhopal has produced some bands that have played at national level like Inferno, Acrimony, Joshish and Elemental.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All hail the headbangers, They are in Indore's Hall of Fame". DNA E-Paper, Daily News & Analysis, Mumbai, India, Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "The 10 Famous Rock Bands of India". Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Metal Mania feat Nicotine & Dirge at Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad". Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "An interview with Nicotine, One of the top Metal bands of India". Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  5. ^