The reason I decided to post my queries out here is simple:I believe that ideas of PF members,by and large,represent the ideas of the world. I've been learning indian classical music for about 12 years now...have lots of friends who're equally passionate about music.I guess, since I'm into academics(music is just a passion),I read up a lot of literature on the theoretical aspects of music as well. I appreciate western classical music and light western music but i must admit I'm no connoisseur of either of them.Recently,i got a chance to interact with a mathematician from France who has been into indian music for ages.I was quite amazed to see that his perception of indian music was starkingly different from mine.For example, i would be at a loss of words if somebody asked me why i love music and when did this passion begin...most of us(my pals and me) who're into music are into it because they feel happy being in it...it's as simple as that for us! getting to the point now...certain facets of the discussion we had with him intrigued us and it would be a great help if you could answer the questions below 1. We thought, being indians, we "feel" the music more since we understand(feel) the lyrics, which is more than often unpolished and rustic. Yet, i find so many non-indians being so fascinated by the music...being passionate and what's more...being equally good!! what I'd like to know is..IF you do appreciate our music, where does it all begin?? What attracts you to indian music,if it does? 2. Do you think an indian's perception of western music could be equated with a non-indian's perception of indian classical music? 3. My friends say I've no ears for Rock and Rap music... .What I'd like to know is...preferably from someone who is passionate about Rock-n-rap, are there subtleties and nuances in these forms of music that only connoissuers understand? I feel most people just love to get all charged up and dance .:uhh: I really hope I'm mistaken and that ears do play a role when it comes to rock. 4. Do you believe in the concept of "World music"... you know,something that appeals to each one irrespective of the country they come from? Thanks for being patient enough to read all of this!!