As a very old culture steeped in tradition the basic art forms exist like music, dance and painting already very long in India. Often there is the sign which the first forms were even already known of the Indus culture. Traditional art forms have been influenced by the moved history of India, however, often either by other cultures, or even have been edged out. In some cases these forms of the art return in the present time again in the interest of the artists, so that traditional Indian values are called again in the memory.
As also in the European music, one distinguishes in India also the classical music, the folk music as well as the modern pop music. In the classical music one distinguishes the „Carnatic music“ which exists already very long and shows a big variation wealth. The „Hindustane music“ against it is marked very in Persian.
The Indian music distinguishes on the one hand that these are seldom bigger arrangements, but primarily solo artists who make music. There are not concerts in this sense; if several musicians make music, nevertheless, once together in a society play, these concerts are improvised almost throughout, because the artists keep to a certain system known in India in rules of making music. On the other hand the harmony of rhythm and melody impresses in the classical Indian music.
The folk music is coined, like in Europe, on the regional level differently and is shown. This becomes apparent in the different dialects, songs and texts as well as in some instruments. Folk music is sung primarily to traditional celebrations. The Indian pop music is the normal music played in the everyday life. However, also this can contain traditional elements. An Indian pop song are often music titles from the actual or also older films.