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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 course comprises of the fundamental exercises that are needed to get you started with a lifetime of learning singing in the Hindustani classical music tradition. It comes with the fundamental svara exercises that span all shuddha and komal svaras, simple and more complex paltas. These are the first exercises any student of Hindustani classical music would practice, and are necessary for taking any other course going forward. Just a glimpse of what you can do after completing…

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…

Alankar and Palte: Spicing up the swaras

What is Alankar? In Hindustani Classical Music, Alankar or Alankara means ornaments or adornments. Alankara is also referred to as Palta at times. Alankar is integral to the core essence of Hindustani classical music. The earliest reference to the term Alankar can be been found in Bharata’s Natyashastra, which was written sometime between 200 BC and 200 AD. This treatise talks about the 33 types of Alankars. Other musical treatises like Sharangdev’s Sangeet Ratnakar in the thirteenth century and Ahobal’s…

Why practice swaras?

What are swaras? Hindustani classical music has seven basic notes called swaras. These are Shadja, Rishabha, Gandhara, Madhyama, Panchama, Dhaivata and Nishada. We commonly come across them in their shortened forms as Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, and Ni. Sa is the root/base note and the reference point based on which an octave is defined. Together, they are known as the sargam. The Shadja The Shadja or Sa is the root/base note with respect to which remaining swaras of…

Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Durga

Durga is a pentatonic (consists of 5 notes) raga from the Hindustani music tradition. It is one of the easiest ragas to get started with. When is Raag Durga sung? Raag Durga is sung in the second division of the night between 9 pm to midnight. What is the nature of Raag Durga? Raag Durga evokes the Sringara Rasa. What is the Thaat of Raag Durga? The Thaat of Raag Durga is Bilawal. What are the notes in Raag Durga?…

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