When an informal or a formal group of people are involved with a specific genre of music they together constitute a music community. It is a supportive group of like-minded individuals with common interests in music. The geographic, cultural diversity of India has led to a vast range of musical styles. Every region has evolved its own style of music based on its traditions

Music CommunitiesStateFeatures
Langha (Muslim Tribal Community)Gujarat and RajasthanEntertain through songs by praising Rajputs.
Manganiar or Merasi (Muslim Community)RajasthanThey use instrument Kamaicha to sing classical folk songs.
Karta BhajasWest BengalThey have fous classes and are mostly associated with chanting mantras.
BaulsWest BengalMystic group of country singers
JogiRajasthanFollowers of Nath sect, sing ballads of religious, moral teachings
BhopaRajasthanEpisodes of folk deity during jagrans.
Barot, Charan, GadviGujaratSongs in praise of gods, goddesses, heroes, saints, etc.
Muria TribesMadhya PradeshSongs called relo are sung by them.
Kamar CommunityChattisgarhSing marriage songs.
BaghelaMadhya PradeshSing songs dedicated to hardaul deity
Puraya Hill TribesTamil NaduPerform certain melodies called talams.
Idu Mishmi TribesArunachal PradeshPerform ritual and fertility dance.
Moken TribesAndaman and Nicobar IslandsPerform ancestral worship, do not follow any religion.
Bazigar (Goaar) CommunityPunjabDisplay strength, balance and courage in their performances.


  • Chaturprahar is an annual Indian classical music festival held at National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai.
  • It is based on the concept of association of time with the ragas.

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