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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 from 9 pm – Midnight.

What is the nature of Raag Khamaj?

Raag Khamaj depicts a Chanchal (Playful) nature.

What is the Thaat of Raag Khamaj?

The Thaat of Raag Khamaj is Khamaj.

What are the notes in Raag Khamaj?

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

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

What is the Vadi and Samvadi of Khamaj?

The Vadi is Ga and the Samvadi is Ni.

Our course on Raag Khamaj

Course curated by Smt Meghana Kulkarni & Shri Srinivas Hande

This is an introductory course on Raag Khamaj in Hindustani Classical Music. This course has been recorded by two stalwarts of Indian Classical Music, Smt. Meghana Kulkarni and Shri Srinivas Hande. 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 : 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 – Naman Karu Main & Are Mann Harso (Compositions)
  9. Paltas (Patterns) 

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

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  1. Anonymous Anonymous May 28, 2020

    Lot of topics raad by undersigned but no one has given the example of bollywood song where and how sargam sa re ga ma pa dha ni sa has been used.
    suppose in ek din bik jayega maati ke mol , please set the sargam and explain how it has been used.

  2. Dr. Priyanka Dr. Priyanka September 16, 2021

    Is that Raga Khamaj is good for anxiety people?? Or it is to cure depression.. kindly reply.

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