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Event: Mumbai Local: Ragas on Computers: Can Indian Music Be A Digital Language | 12 June 2016

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Jun 12, 2016 Time: 5:00 pm - 11:55 pm

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Sunday, 12 June 2016 , 5:00PM

Byculla , Mumbai South



In today’s digital era, computers are increasingly showing abilities to take on human tasks, from playing chess to proving theorems in mathematics. This talk will explore the ability of computer to deal with Indian Classical Music. More and more, sound processing and digitization is being used to replicate sounds and create music. But, that is still primarily a western tradition well-established with complex tools and programs designed for those genres of music. Back home, you rarely hear of Indian classical music being created on a computer. But, what if it could be? Could a computer recognize and grasp the infinite fluid possibilities of the ragas? Could it see the patterns in Indian music? What would these look like? Prof. Paritosh Pandya computer scientist and ardent music lover will throw light on some of these.

As a computer scientist who treats signals as information and language, working on the language of music comes almost naturally to him. Prof. Pandya believes ‘the patterns in music are as rich as structures found in computer programs and mathematical functions. Music can have mathematical models as rich as those of galaxies and the sun’. That said, he also knows that very few people are actually exploring in the field of building tools and software that would suit Indian music.

Prof. Pandya’s interest lies in trying to convert the notations of Indian music from an acoustic to symbolic domain, creating a language that computers will understand and process. He is fascinated by the structures and patterns that lie hidden in our genres of music and seeks to translate these on to a digital platform. His deep fascination makes him wonder about the possibilities of artificial intelligence, the ability of a computer to compose music, the synthesis of music through computers and much more. It is this contagious excitement, extensive research, intriguing ideas and absolute delight that Prof. Pandya will share with at Mumbai Local.


Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum: Byculla
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027 India
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