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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?

The Arohana of the raga is Sa Re Ma Pa Dha Sa’.

The Avarohana of the raga is Sa’ Dha Pa Ma Re Dha Sa.

What is the Vadi and Samvadi of Raag Durga?

The Vadi is Ma and the Samvadi is Sa.

Our Courses on Raag Durga

Course curated by Shri Sadashiv Bhat

This is an introductory course on Raag Durga in Hindustani music. The course contains video explanations for important concepts in Raag Durga followed by practice sessions for you to repeat, after the guru and internalize the concept. While singing you will receive instant visual feedback so you can correct immediately and improve your performance.

Concepts covered: Aroh, Avroh, Pakad, Chalan, Alap and 4 Bandishes in both sargam geet and lyrics.

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Lesson Structure 

  1. Introduction
  2. Practice of Aroh and Avroh (Ascent and Descent)
  3. Practice Of Pakad (Phases)
  4. Chalan Practice (Melodic Progression)
  5. Alap of the Raag (Musical Phrases)
  6. Alankar Example (Note Combinations)
  7. Bandish Practice with Examples (Compositions)
  • Gaavat Durga Ragini (Lakshangeet)
  • Jeevan Ke Mama
  • Mana Mohan Ja
  • Vijana Ban Mein

If you want to learn this course, download the riyaz app now! You can learn Raag Durga as well as many other ragas like Yaman, Bhimpalasi, Brindavani Sarang etc.

Course curated by Smt Meghana Kulkarni & Shri Srinivas Hande

This is also an introductory course on Raag Durga in Hindustani Classical Music. This course has been recorded by two stalwarts of Indian Classical Music, Smt. Meghana Kulkarni and Shri Srinivas Vande. This course contains important lessons in the raga for you to listen and repeat after the Guru. You can practice each lesson till you have internalised the concepts covered. While singing you will receive instant visual feedback so you can correct yourself immediately and improve.

Concepts Covered: Aroh, Avroh, Pakad, Chalan, Alaap, Lakshangeet, Sargamgeet and Chhota Khayal.

One of our teachers : Smt. Meghana Kulkarni

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Lesson Structure 

  1. Introduction
  2. Practice of Aroh and Avroh (Ascent and Descent)
  3. Practice Of Pakad (Phases)
  4. Chalan Practice (Melodic Progression)
  5. Alap of the Raag (Musical Phrases)
  6. Sargamgeet
  7. Lakshangeet
  8. Bandishes – Devi Bhajo Durga & Chitakatahi Chandini Rang (Compositions)
  9. Paltas (Patterns)

If you want to learn this course, download the riyaz app now! You can learn Raag Durga as well as many other ragas like Yaman, Bhimpalasi, Brindavani Sarang etc.

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2 Comments

  1. Ankur Singh Ankur Singh November 18, 2018

    There is some kind of bug in few lessons of raag durga. Actually the Guru voice/sur and the display sur are different, based on that it gets very confusing to sing along, because right approach is to follow the voice, but then riyaz feedback system displays poor everytime because of not following the displayed swaras. Just re check lessons of raag durga like pakad, chalan and you can see yourselves

  2. I do consider all the ideas you have introduced for your post.
    They are really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too
    brief for beginners. Could you please extend them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

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