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What are good online resources for Indian classical music collection?

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Online resources for Indian classical music include the Rajan Parrikar Music Archive and the Harvard Loeb Music Library. The Rajan Parrikar Music archive offers audio tracks of songs as well as the names of their composers.

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The Vijaya Parrikar Library, part of the Rajan Parrikar Music Archive, contains a catalogue of classical Indian music samples by various artists. Most of these samples were likely recorded around the mid-20th century, by artists who were born in the early 1900s. The catalogue is divided into two categories: hindustani and carnatic, both of which contain a selection of artists organized by name. By clicking on an artist's name, the user is brought to a page that displays a photo of the artist, her name, date of birth and death, as well as links to that artist's musical recordings. Some pages also offer further biographical information about the artist, if applicable.

The Loeb Music Library on the Harvard University website offers links to several databases and collections of world music including the James A. Rubin Collection of South Indian Classical Music. While web users cannot access the audio tapes of the collected musical numbers, the collection still offers names of songs, composers and performers in selected Indian classical music from 1957 to 1989.

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