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#ListenToSing – Featuring Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Here is the first in the series of #ListenToSing for Riyazers pursuing Hindustani classical music tradition. This is a rare gem of a video where you see the unparalleled maestro of Bansuri, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, speak about his life and journey. It is humbling to see the legend talk in such simple terms. Do watch till the end! 🙂 Tell us what is your learning from this video in the comments below. Other Riyazers could benefit from your observations.

Launching the #ListenToSing Series

The Chinese Bamboo Tree and You Do you realise that you and the Chinese Bamboo Tree have a lot in common? Yes, that’s right. The Chinese Bamboo Tree shows no outward growth for the initial 3-4 years. And in the fifth year, the tree grows an astonishing 4 feet per day! During the initial years, the tree grows its root system that is powerful enough to support its rapid growth later on. And it does just that for F.O.U.R years…

We have a gift for you this new year!

… and we don’t want it to be a surprise! Not because we can’t keep quiet 😉 As creators of Riyaz, we see two distinct kinds of behaviours of Riyazers. A few of you are highly-informed people who know how to go about learning to sing. Riyaz has been serving you relentlessly in your pursuit and we are extremely happy for this! But there are some of you who are just beginning their journey to learn singing. You find it…

Mathangi Jagdish

Mathangi Jagdish a.k.a Ma.Ja is a playback singer , songwriter , stage performer and MTV coke studio season one artist with over 490 film songs to her credit. She has sung in more than 18 languages in a career spanning more than a decade and a half.  She has worked with the who’s who of the industry , starting with her playback break in the year 2001 with Mr Deva (Anju mani, Kokkarakara girigiri) , then with the Oscar and…

Teach yourself to sing in 2020

We are coming to the end of the year. Oh wait. We are in fact very close to end the decade. Welcoming the new decade with a new resolution is a perfect way to kickstart the year. Picking up a habit that helps us in enhancing our lifestyle for good and leading a more meaningful life is what we should be looking at. To add colour to the new year 2020, try Singing as a hobby. Singing classical ragas from…

Summary of Bharata Muni’s Natyashastra

Natyashastra is the earliest literature on music and drama – written somewhere around 500 BC by Bharata Muni. Comprising 6000 couplets in Sanskrit and spread over thirty-six chapters, Natyashastra’s focus was on dance and drama, with music as an aid. The title is a combination of two Sanskrit words – Natya and Shastra. Natya refers to technique of dance and drama, and shastra refers to science. It is the magnum opus that describes – relation between director and audience, structuring…

Riyaz Freshers’ Scholarships

Practice makes you perfect, practice makes it permanent. At Riyaz, we believe and live by this. We advise and encourage every learner to make riyaz (practice) a habit. That is why we are giving away scholarships to freshers in Riyaz who embrace this spirit during their initial days of practicing. Winning Criteria If you’ve come onboard Riyaz this past week, just practice for as long as you can without losing focus. We advise not going overboard. You should stop when…

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…

Gateway to Hindustani Classical

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. 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 Hindustani 101!…

The magic of learning Ragas

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…

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