It is said that India’s system of notation is among, if not the, oldest in the world, stretching back to before the ancient Vedic traditions began. The origins of the vocal roots that still guide the study of all formal music on the subcontinent are very much in evidence today, including Tala (rhythmic patterns), and this weekend Odyssey host Dana Westover will sample some of the most renowned singers as he shares both early recordings and current ones.

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