The music of India includes multiple varieties of folk, popular, pop,
and classical music. India's classical music tradition, including
Carnatic and Hindustani music, has a history spanning millennia and,
developed over several eras, remains fundamental to the lives of Indians
today as sources of religious inspiration, cultural expression and
pure entertainment. India is made up of several dozen ethnic groups,
speaking their own languages and dialects. Alongside distinctly subcontinental
forms there are major influences from Persian, Arab and British music.
Indian genres like filmi and bhangra have become popular throughout
the United Kingdom, South and East Asia, and around the world.
Indian pop stars now sell records in many countries, while world
music fans listen to the roots music of India's diverse nations.
American soul, rock and hip hop have also made a large impact, primarily
on Indian pop and filmi music. Other highly popular forms are ghazal,
qawwali, thumri, dhrupad, dadra, bhajan, kirtan, shabad, and gurbani.