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Trace the roots and evolution of classical music in India. Also identify the distinguishing features of Carnatic Music.

Topic:  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

2. Trace the roots and evolution of classical music in India. Also identify the distinguishing features of Carnatic Music.(250 words)

Reference:  Art and culture by Nitin Singhania

Why this question:

The question is from the static portions of GS paper I, from the topic of art and culture of India.

Key demand of the question:

One must trace the roots and evolution of classical music in India and bring out the distinguishing features of Carnatic Music.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define music in general; explain the importance of it in a culturally rich country like India.

Body:

Give an overview of evolution of classical music in India. State the distinguishing features of Carnatic music. One can compare it with Hindustani music to provide for a better contrast and comparison.  State the contribution of various singers, musicians to the genre of Carnatic music.

Conclusion:

Conclude with significance of it to the culture of the country.