The Bhakti Movements of the medeival period in North India brought with them many new dimensions of Indian Arts and Culture. The new surge of devotion of the god Krishna, especially in the Braj area, was accompanied by uniques developments in Indian music, both vocal and instrumental. Indeed, what became known in suceeding centuries as Hindustani classical music had its roots in the music of the temples of Mathura and Vrindavan, religious sancturies founded by Vaisnava saintsand their disciples.
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