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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…


Sitar, Surbahar and Chandraveena - A Musical Comparison

Posted on 12 February, 20215 min read

There is a recurring theme in music, and in Indian Classical music, in particular: musical instruments change and evolve to keep pace with…


Raga Shukla Bilawal - Alapana and Pallavi

Posted on 31 January, 20215 min read

In this session, I present Raga Shukla Bilawal on Chandraveena. Shukla Bilawal is a morning Raga and belongs to the Bilawal family of Ragas…


Raga Bhoopali - Major Pentatonic

Posted on 02 January, 20215 min read

Raga Bhoopali also called variously as Bhupali, Bhoop, Bhopali or Mohanam, is one of the oldest scales in Indian music. It is an audava or a…