Indian classical music has a very rich tradition. Many minds, many generations contributed in the evolution of music. Plurality of contemporary musical expressions in India reflects this journey of evolution. India has diverse and wide-ranging categories of musical expressions from dhrupad-khayal to Thumari and Tappa on the one hand and Bhajans-quawwali to film-music on the other. Contemporary Indian music is a confluence of influences from variety of musical aspirations, socio-political necessities, growth of science and technology and so on and so forth. Today, as a next-step-forward, advances in computers and new media technology, opened up new avenues for music making. Many musical minds are already exploring these advances and are looking forward for new horizons. Computers and technology is being used as we use microphones to enhance musical impact. Computers are also used in orchestral performances to assist in shaping up and generating musical ideas. Present research work is an effort to take these explorations one step ahead. It tries to explore the possibility of `computer created’ Indian music or computational Indian music using Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Dr. Vinod Vidwans, a professor of New Media, Creativity and Innovation, Pune, India has developed a Computational Theory of Indian Classical Music. To validate the theory he has developed a software system which generates a Bandish (a musical composition) in a given Raga and renders it in a traditional style. The creatively intelligent software system generates Bandish on its own without any human assistance. He has tested the software with number of Ragas such as Hamsadhwani, Dhanashri, Malkaunsa, Maru Bihag, Kalavati, Desha, Bilaskhani Todi, and Bhairavi and so on from both, Hindusthani as well as Carnatic music. The creative software system uses principles of artificial intelligence (AI). The system is an innovative application of Information Technology (IT).
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