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Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Bihag

Raag Bihag is a very melodious raga that can be easily sung by beginners too. This Raag uses all the seven music swars. One interesting aspect of this raga is that it uses both the Tivra Madhyam and Shuddha Madhyam. There are quite a few iconic musical pieces from Indian Cinema that were composed in Raag Bihag. Some being “Hamare Dil Se Na Jana” from the film Udan Khatola, “Tere Sur Aur Mere Geet” from Goonj Uthi Shehnai, “Malargal Kaettaen” from Oh Kadal Kanmani sung…

Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Bhairavi

Bhairavi is a heptatonic (consists of 7 notes) raga from the Hindustani music tradition. Many styles such as Thumri’s, Ghazals, Bhajans and light classical forms have many well known compositions in Bhairavi. Raag Bhairavi is often used to conclude many classical music concerts as well. When is Raag Bhairavi sung? Raag Bhairavi is usually in sung in the early morning. It is best rendered when the sun rises. What is the nature of Raag Bhairavi? The aspect that makes this…

Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Desh

Desh or Des is an Audava-Sampurna (consists of 5 notes in Aroh and 7 notes in Avroh)  raga from the Hindustani music tradition. Raag Desh has been used in well known Indian Patriotic Compositions. The most identifiable being “Vande Mataram” which is the national song of India. The popular composition Baje Sargam from Doordarshan with many famous artists like Bhimsen Joshi, Ravi Shankar, Hariprasad Chaurasia was also based on Raag Desh. When is Raag Desh sung? Raag Desh is sung…

Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Jaunpuri

Jaunpuri is an Shadhav – Sampurna (consists of 6 notes in Aaroh and 7 notes in Aavroh)  raga from the Hindustani music tradition. It is one of the ragas of choice for songs which show Bhakti or Grandeur. When is Raag Jaunpuri sung? Raag Jaunpuri is usually sung in the morning from 9 am – 12 pm. What is the nature of Raag Jaunpuri? Raag Jaunpuri depicts the Karuna (Compassion) Rasa and Bhakti (Devotional) Rasa. What is the Thaat of Raag Jaunpuri? The…

Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Bhoop

Bhoop is an Audava (consists of 5 notes)  raga from the Hindustani music tradition. It is one of the first ragas students learn in Hindustani music. Raag Bhoop is of the most popular ragas for many Indian folk songs as well regional film compositions. There has also been quite a good number of Hindi film songs in Raag Bhoop . When is Raag Bhoop sung? Raag Bhoop is sung in the 1st division of the night from 6 pm– 9 pm.…

Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Khamaj

Khamaj is a Shadava – Sampurna (consists of 6 notes in Arohana and 7 notes in the Avarohana)  raga from the Hindustani music tradition. It is a very popular raga in lighter forms of Hindustani Classical Music. Many Ghazals and Thumris are based out of Raag Khamaj. There has also been quite a good number of Hindi film compositions in Raag Khamaj as well. When is Raag Khamaj sung? Raag Khamaj is sung in the 2nd division of the night…

Saptak in Hindustani Classical Music

What is Saptak? Saptak stands for  “gamut” or ” series of seven notes”. It comprises of the set of swaras, Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni which makes up a musical scale in Indian classical music. [1] It is usually practiced against a drone.  What are the types of Saptak? Hindustani classical music is made up of three saptaks namely, Mandra Saptak, Madhya Saptak, and Taar Saptak. The middle scale is called Madhya Saptak. This is the most used…

Hindustani Classical Vocal Lessons for Beginners

The Hindustani 101 singing course comprises of the fundamental singing exercises for beginners that are needed to get you started with vocal training in the Hindustani classical music tradition. It comes with the fundamental svara vocal exercises that span all shuddha and komal svaras, simple and more complex paltas. These are the first singing exercises for beginners learning Hindustani classical music and are necessary for taking any other training to sing going forward. Just a glimpse of what you can…

What is a Raga?

A Raga is a melodic framework for improvisation in Hindustani Classical Music. Raga are one of the most central features to learn in Hindustani Classical . It is not only used in just Indian Classical Music, but also in Bollywood Music as well! Some great modern composers who use ragas to make their songs are Shankar Mahadevan and Ar Rahman! This video is from the introductory course on rāga yaman in Hindustani music. The course contains videos that explain the basic melodic…

Singing Lessons for Beginners: Hindustani Beginner Course

The beginner course is the best way to start out your journey if you just started learning to sing! We teach you singing from the absolute basics like swaras and basic singing patterns which are easy and fun to learn at the same time. After you have got a grasp of them , we introduce you to your favorite songs that you probably hear almost every occasion. Some of the songs that are included in the beginners course are Tum…

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