Source: The Hindu; Author: Savitha Gautam; Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

There are quite a few similarities between the Indian classical music and ancient choral music, explains Aruna. “Did you know that many devotional chants that originated from the West way back in the 9th and 10th centuries, are based on Indian ragas such as Kalyani, Kharaharapriya and Sindhu Bhairavi? In fact, the German poetess and saint Hilde de Garde von Bingen is believed to have set a few of her poems in Sindu Bhairavi! That’s the universality of music.”

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Aruna Sairam.