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Raga Bihag with Two Madhyams

Posted on 30 August, 20214 min read

Raga Bihag is a beautiful late evening or night Raga. There are two ways in which this Raga can be rendered. One version uses only the Komal…


Raga Hindol - Song of the Dawn

Posted on 12 July, 20213 min read

There are many systems of Raga classifcation in Indian Classical Music, notably, Raga - Ragini, Melakarta, Janaka - Janya and Thaat. These…


Raga Shankarabharanam - Raga of the dancing Lord Shiva!

Posted on 22 June, 20214 min read

Raga Shankarabharanam has been described by Somanatha (a 17th century musicologist) as Lord Shiva himself dancing, clad in red silk, ashes…


Raga Gurjari Todi - a jod Raga?

Posted on 23 May, 20215 min read

Over the centuries, the Indian Raga system has evolved from different sources. Some Ragas have evolved out of modes or Murchhanas of a more…


Raga Kaushika Dhwani - a spring time Raga?

Posted on 25 April, 20213 min read

Over the centuries, the Indian Raga system has always been associated with nature. There are seasonal Ragas like Malhar for the monsoon and…


Raga Bilaskhani Todi - a tribute to Tansen!

Posted on 28 March, 20214 min read

Bilas Khan, an acclaimed singer, son and disciple of the legendary Tansen, is often credited as the creator of the Raga Bilaskhani Todi. The…


Raga Yaman - a duet in a former foreign Raga!

Posted on 06 March, 20215 min read

In Indian Classical music, वीणा (Veena), वाणी (Voice) and वेणु (Bamboo flute) represent a time honoured trinity of mediums for performing…


Raga Puriya

Posted on 20 February, 20214 min read

Raga Puriya is what we call a Shadav (hexatonic) scale. Like Indian Classical music has evolved over the ages, many Ragas have also gone…