Double Bass in Indian Classical Music

Premise of Indian Classical Music

Indian classical music is improvised music at it’s core with strong emphasis on rules of the different ragas & talas./ A bandish(theme) is played in the beginning and then there are elaborate improvised solos in the tradition and ends with the bandish and tihai(tag ending). the bandish can have an intro called aalaap. Usual performance setting is solo instrument(s), Accompanists(percussion, drone, accompanying soloists)/ styles : dhrupad, Khayal, Tarana, Khayalnuma, chaturang, thumri, dadra, tappa/ Raga : Melodic framework(Scales) / Tala : Rythm and Meter/ Alankaar : Articulation /

Origins of Double Bass in India

British Invasion of India, instruments bought for entertainment of officials.

Framework for incorporation of D. bass

Indian Classical violin - used since late 18th century, characteristuc sound and style.

Indian Instruments of similar range

Rudra Veena/ Vichitra Veena/ Surbahar/ Sursringar

Bassists exploring Indian classical music

Paul Livingstone/ Mark Deutsch/ Jan Gerrit Lutgering/ Justin Gray/ Rohan Dasika/ Andrew Buhr

Modified Bass instruments for Indian classical music

Bazantaar/ Bass Veena

D. Bass in Cross genre/ Indian fusion music

Edgar Meye Zakir Hussein Bela Fleck/ Dave Holland Zakir Hussein Chris Potter/ Tom Farmer with Anushka Shankar

D. Bass as an accompanying instrument in Indian Classical music

Kabir on the double bass | Shruthi Vishwanath ft. Greg Chudzik | Kaun Thagwa

Arguments for incorporation of D. Bass in Indian Classical music

Fretless(mictrones) / Resonant body, large scale lenght/ Vibratos, Gilssandos are natural/ Arco and Pizz. Possible/ 4+ octave range