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Indian Ragas: Raag Yaman for Beginners

Yaman is a sampurna (consists of 7 notes) raga from the Hindustani music tradition. It is one of the first ragas a Hindustani classical student learns and is considered to be one of the most fundamental ragas in the tradition. 

When is Raag Yaman sung?

Raag Yaman is sung in the first quarter of the night between 6 – 9 pm. 

What is the nature of Raag Yaman?

The nature of Raag Yaman is Romantic and depicts the Shaant Rasa as well.

What is the Thaat of Raag Yaman?

The Thaat of Raag Yaman is Kalyan.

What are the notes in Raag Yaman?

The Arohana of the raga is Ni Re Ga Ma Dha Ni Sa’ (Here the swara Ma is Tivra) .

The Avarohana of the raga is Sa’ Ni Dha Pa Ma Ga Re Sa (Here the swara Ma is Tivra) .

What is the Vadi and Samvadi of Raag Yaman?

The Vadi is Ga and the Samvadi is Ni.

Our courses on Raag Yaman

Course curated by Shri Kaustuv Kanti Ganguli & Kum Bidisha

This is an introductory course on Raag Yaman in Hindustani music. The course contains videos that explain the basic melodic concepts and characteristic aspects of Raag Yaman. Each video is followed by an appropriate audio lesson to internalize and practice the concept. While practising a student will receive instant feedback based on the performance. This course covers concepts such as āroh-avroh, nyās, vādi-samvādi, chalan of Raag Yaman. A student will be able to practice sapāt lessons in different speeds, ālap and 4 bandishes taught both as sargam geets and with lyrics.

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Svaras and sequences

This module contains videos and audio exercises to practice the svaras and their sequence (āroh-avroh) in Raag Yaman.

Characteristics of Raag Yaman

This module teaches the melodic characteristics of Raag Yaman such as the prominent svaras and typical melodic progression. This module contains an audio exercise to practice an ālap (unmetered opening piece) in Raag Yaman. Through this exercise you can internalize the learned melodic concepts.

Bandish

This module contains audio lesson of four bandishes:

  1. Piya ki najariya
  2. Nirgun ke gun
  3. Ram sumira
  4. Eri ali piya bin

These are commonly sung bandish in Hindustani music. Each bandish is first taught as a sargam geet (notation) to establish the skeleton of the composition, and subsequently taught with with lyrics. All the compositions are based on Teental (one of the tāla in Hindustani music). 

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

Course curated by Shri Sarfaraz Khan & Kum Hiranmayee Sharma

This is also an introductory course on Raag Yaman in Hindustani Classical Music. This course was recorded by very talented musicians of this generation Shri Sarfaraz Khan and Kum Hiranmayee Sharma. 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: ArohAvrohPakadChalanAlaapLakshangeet,Sargamgeet and Chhota Khayal.

One of our teachers: Shri Sarfaraz Khan

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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 – Eri ali piya bin & Piya ki najariya (Compositions)
  9. Paltas (Patterns)

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

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2 Comments

  1. Sandip Sandip October 8, 2020

    What is the cost of app?

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