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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…


Taladhyaya - A Chapter on Indian Rhythmic System

Posted on 10 October, 20207 min read

Rhythm is an integral part of nature. Our breathing, pulse rate, swaying of a pendulum are all governed by a certain rhythmic structure. As…


Pallavi - Can any poetry be a Pallavi?

Posted on 09 October, 20208 min read

Pallavi is the primary format for developing and showcasing a Raga with rhythm and lyrics, in Indian Classical Music. Background Recall from…


Veena and Vani - An Ancient Tradition

Posted on 26 September, 20205 min read

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


Raga Charukauns - Raga Charukesi with a twist!

Posted on 23 August, 20203 min read

A fundamental and important concept in Indian Classical Music is the distinction between: a scale (referred to as a Melakarta or Murchhana…


Raga Alapana - A glimpse into its structure

Posted on 19 August, 20208 min read

Raga Alapana is the primary format for introducing and developing a Raga in Indian Classical music. Background In an earlier post, we posed…