Crazy fact I was clueless about before starting music school at York.
Our Western system is based upon 12 notes that repeat in higher and lower positions. We call the distance between each of those 12 notes “semi tones” but in South Asian music they play “quarter tones” as well.
They use 24 notes instead of 12.
That’s like finding out people also can breathe underwater and nobody told you while growing up.