Varanasi not only looks incredibly beautiful but she does sing immensely well as well! That’s right, all through her lifetime she has developed her unique melodies. All through her chronology, Varanasi has been filling music into the hearts of people and settling there.
Literature and excavations support the presence of music in the kingdom of Kashi (now centered in Varanasi) with reputed names of Kabir, Tulsidas, Meera, Chaitanya, Vallabhacharya and Surdas amongst others which helped music get its richness and last forever in the soul of Varanasi.
The oldest of the Hindustani classical music, Dhrupad is also extremely popular here, which also led to other forms of music. It was the collective effort of many music legends that kept music constantly flowing with evolution in styles such as Thumri, Dadra, Kajri and many more.
The fame of Varanasi is also high-standing when it comes to musical instruments and their world known users like Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar for Sitar and Ustaad Bismillah Khan for unmatched skills in playing Shehnai, Jotin Bhattacharya of the Sarod.
Famous musicologists (The study of research on music) like Prem Lata Sharma , Jayadev Singh and Girija Devi was known for her Thumri.
Music Festivals such as Dhrupad festivals and Mochan Sangeet Samaroh are held annually.
Varanasi has also been chosen for music in the UNESCO ‘Cities of Music’ category for its richness in the art.