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3 Day Challenge

We all need that little push sometimes — something to steer us in the direction of our goals. When it comes to practicing or learning music, there aren’t any shortcuts nor any proven easy ways to get started. Here is a chance to build and show the strength of your will power towards reaching your goal as a singer! Oh, you also get to win awesome prizes!! Try this simple challenge and win exciting prizes!   Once you complete this…

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…

Pt. Bhimsen Joshi on Sur

“Taal gaya toh baal gaya, lekin sur gaya toh sir gaya” – Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.  It means “Going off beat is like losing your hair, but going off pitch is like losing your head”. Sa is the foundation of the “sur” – your ability to sing notes correctly. You better get it right! 🙂 In fact, pandit ji himself practiced Sa everyday during his riyaz. Strengthen your Sur!

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?…

Indian Ragas: Introduction to Raag Bhimpalasi

Bhimpalasi is an audhav – sampurna (consists of 5 notes in Arohana and 7 notes in Avarohana)  raga from the Hindustani music tradition. It is one of the most used ragas used in popular music today.  When is Raag Bhimpalasi sung? Raag Bhimpalasi is sung in the early afternoon between 12 – 3 pm. What is the nature of Raag Bhimpalasi? Raag Bhimpalasi is meant to depict the Sringara Rasa (Romantic Mood). What is the Thaat of Raag Bhimpalasi? The Thaat…

Learn Indian Classical Music: Hindustani Vocal

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. 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 practise, and are necessary for taking any other course going forward. Enrol now for free This course consists of the following learning…

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