The indian music can be divided into three main forms: classical, pop and folk music. While the folk music has many regional genres, the pop music mainly consist of indian film music. The classical music has two styles, namely Hindustani music, from north India, and Carnatic music, from south India. These two styles are similar but not the same.

The emphasis in Carnatic music is on vocal music; most compositions are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, they are meant to be performed in singing style. The Carnatic music has a prescribed style of singing unlike the Hindustani music which has several styles. Furthermore, the singer in the Carnatic music gets all the value unlike the singer in the Hindustani music.