In a landscape characterized by ever-shifting musical trends and a relentless pursuit of modern sounds, Indian classical music stands as a beacon of timelessness. Despite biases labeling it as elitist and outdated, this genre has defied expectations by not only surviving but flourishing among a younger audience. 

The resurgence of classical music among Generation Z, as evident in the staggering rise of its consumption on Spotify, showcases its ability to bridge generational divides and adapt to contemporary sensibilities.

Cultural Connection And Emotional Escape

Indian classical music’s revival is deeply rooted in the emotional and cultural resonance it offers to Generation Z. Singer and musician Aksh Baghla highlights the importance of embracing cultural roots, particularly in the face of widespread westernization.

For young listeners, classical music provides an emotional escape, a genuine connection to raw intensity mirroring the rollercoaster of daily emotions. The profound lyrics and timeless ragas of classical compositions forge a connection that resonates with the profound emotional experiences of the younger generation.

Spotify data from the past two years underscores this, revealing an astonishing increase of nearly 500 percent in India’s classical music consumption on the platform. Intriguingly, over 45 percent of Indian classical music listeners on Spotify are under the age of 25.

Aksh Baghla remarks, “The emotions that Gen Z goes through, it’s like a rollercoaster! From happiness to heartache, we’re feeling it all.

That’s where the magic of Indian classical music comes in – those deep lyrics… they connect with us on a real and raw level. Whether enjoying the ragas or soaking in the wisdom of the lyrics, this music is an emotional escape.”

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The Motherboard Of Music And Personalized Artistry

Sai Godbole, a singer and actor from Generation Z, emphasizes the foundational role of Indian classical music as the “motherboard of music.” This genre serves as the cornerstone of musical understanding, fostering a profound and organic connection to the art.

Sai’s personal connection to classical melodies is deeply rooted in her upbringing and exposure to old Hindi and Marathi music.

Her classical training and appreciation for the music of the past highlight how this generation is not merely embracing the music but making it their own through personalized expressions, such as creating content that resonates with their contemporaries.

Sai Godbole reflects, “My parents always encouraged me to listen to our old Hindi/Marathi music, and I’m into it… I’m actually classically trained in Hindustani classical music. From my point of view, I have always been fond of classical music, and I’m so excited to see people my age being interested in it.”

 The Purity And Timelessness Of Indian Classical Music

Nikhil Paralikar, known as ‘The Tabla Guy,’ underscores the purity of Indian classical music as a refuge from the cacophony of the digital age. Amidst transient trends and digital distractions, the authenticity and depth of classical music stand out as an oasis.

This music offers a meditative journey, a stark contrast to the frenetic pace of electronic beats. The new generation’s embrace of Indian classical music can be attributed to a yearning for authenticity and depth, as they find solace and reward in the intricacies of this timeless genre.

Nikhil Paralikar explains, “In a world saturated with fleeting trends and digital distractions, the purity of Indian classical music offers a refreshing escape… This music demands attentive listening and rewards those who are willing to immerse themselves in its intricacies. The versatility of Indian classical music is something that appeals to Gen Z’s diverse tastes.”

Indian classical music’s remarkable resurgence among Generation Z unveils a powerful narrative of cultural connection, emotional resonance, and a pursuit of authenticity. This genre’s timelessness and ability to transcend generational boundaries have positioned it as a relevant and cherished art form in an ever-changing musical landscape.

As the quotes from young musicians attest, classical music’s ability to evoke profound emotions and provide an escape while remaining deeply rooted in cultural heritage is what makes it not just relevant but a source of inspiration for the youth of today.

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Sources: CNBC 18, Deccan Herald, Indian Express

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