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Indian-British musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney discusses how he works with traditional Indian instruments and ideas as the basis for his compositional work. He describes how he often uses rhythmic patterns, or talas, as a starting point, gradually overdubbing synthesised parts from a keyboard sequencer. We see how these parts are transferred back to acoustic instruments for performance with a dancer.
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14 September 1992

Classroom Ideas

Use this clip when studying tals in Indian music. Introduce the idea of a raga. Students could use music technology to create a composition based on Indian music. Could students create a fusion between Indian classical music and dance music to compose a piece of Bhangra music?

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