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Ok... When I say "Asian", I refer to South Asian, i,e Indian, Bangladeshi, also middle-eastern etc. I know that East Asian/ South-East Asian people, (i.e Chinese people) do so with gusto!

As a musician, both as an adult and when I was a kid, I have never really seen South Asian people play Orchestral/ Concert band Musical instruments, both on TV and in venues I've played at.

Is it simply a cultural/ religious thing? Or merely economic?

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Too busy studying to become doctors.
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One of my Asian friends plays the saxophone and another used to play the harmonica.
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Are you stupid OP? Have you not heard of Bhangra/Desi music?
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I'd say it's very much a cultural thing. They don't see musicians on par with doctors, engineers or lawyers.
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theres a thing called bollywood. and bhangra and desi stuff. so theres nothing cultural thats against music.
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Are you stupid OP? Have you not heard of Bhangra/Desi music?
I'm talking about Western/ Classical style instruments. I am aware of bhangra/ Indian ragas etc!
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You are a wrong. A pretty stupid generalisation tbh. As it happens I went to a gig last night and there was a South Asian guy who plays the guitar and I know another who plays the violin.:smug:

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I used to play the piano and the violin and my brother used to play the guitar. Our parents didn't really encourage us to go into music (I self taught myself the piano and my grandma's British friend taught me the violin) because in Asian culture, being a musician isn't really as big as being a doctor/lawyer/banker/any high paying job you spend years studying for. My grandparents like me playing the piano for them but they would completely disapprove of me going to uni to study Music.
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pretty much every tamil has learnt violin at some point in their lives...other than that I don't really know why South Asians are not interested in music, I would have loved to learn the piano or drums, and my mum wanted me to as well, but they never bothered to get me lessons as a child so I gave up asking😒


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Because they see it as a waste of time
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Unlike railways and cricket, the British didn't export western classical music.

The first professional symphony orchestra in India wasn't founded until 2005.

The Sahibs and Memsahibs of the Raj just didn't go to a Bombay Symphony or a Lucknow Phil.

The Royal Opera House in Bombay has barely ever staged an opera.
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Very few in popular music I notice. Unlike blacks and whites who both dominate it.
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(Original post by Gouki)
Because they see it as a waste of time
Do you?
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Not the case amongst the people that i know. Im south asian and i play the piano. A lot of my fellow south asians also play different instruments
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(Original post by Phipp91)
Do you?
I just see it as any other hobby
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I just see it as any other hobby
Do you see it as being able to make a career out of it? Many people do, and have good salaries from it!
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You're right you don't see many South Asians play instruments.

East Asians are the opposite a lot of their parents bring them up to play Piano and Violin. Even here in the US it's the same with the Asian population.
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(Original post by Phipp91)
Ok... When I say "Asian", I refer to South Asian, i,e Indian, Bangladeshi, also middle-eastern etc. I know that East Asian/ South-East Asian people, (i.e Chinese people) do so with gusto!

As a musician, both as an adult and when I was a kid, I have never really seen South Asian people play Orchestral/ Concert band Musical instruments, both on TV and in venues I've played at.

Is it simply a cultural/ religious thing? Or merely economic?

No trolling please
non-muslim asians definatley play all sorts of music.

in terms of muslim ones, there is written in islamic doctrine a prohibition to play musical instruments, so perhaps that has something to do with your experience, but youd have to ask them specifically.
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They play other types of instruments too. And there is a massive scene even for asian folk music from what i've seen so I don't know what you're talking about.
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