Thoughts on Music


The Parampara For the serious connoisseurs and practitioners who have drunk of the vast ocean of Hindustani Classical Music, the powerful stream of the Jaipur-Atrauli tradition has always presented a musical dimension that has never failed to quench the thirst of the intellect and the spirit. For both the intense listener and the dedicate learner the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana has, right from its beginning to this day, offered inexhaustible, unfathomable and inscrutable reserves of intellectual and spiritual elements through the conceptual music categories it has shaped. The Jaipur-Atrauli gharana has......

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April 03, 2016

What is soulful music and how does it happen?

Many young and not-so-young musicians have asked me these questions. I have also pondered over these and many other related questions. What I am going to tell you is from personal experience without intending to...


January 08, 2016

Vagaries of Health and the Music in You

Health and music of a Sadhak. Like everybody else,the musician too is susceptible to the vagaries of health and age. Both take a toll on him. But do they affect his music in terms of...


December 02, 2015

Ragas and Masters of Yore

My father-guru narrated this story to me and I would like to share with you for whatever worth it is . Once,it seems,Alladiya khansaheb,was singing an anavat raga in a Mehefil ( a raga he...


September 20, 2015

Ragaswaras

Like characters in a play coming in their particular costume, ragaswaras come in the costumes meant for them in a particular raga. There are no seven swaras or even twenty two shrutis in Hindustani classical...


September 20, 2015

The Absent Performer

The musician should be a worshipper of ragaswaras and laya. He should beseech each and every ragaswaras to bless him with their true splendour. In really great music, as in all great art, the musician...


September 11, 2015

Flow in Music

Flow in music is that which comes out naturally and automatically without your having to think about the moves and turns. It happens when you are bone-marrow drenched in the raga, when you have totally...


September 11, 2015

My obeisance to my Guru on Guru Poornima

Musical vocalization has two centres of activity, one psychological and another physiological. Although musical sounds, in terms of notes, are made in the area of the larynx, it is the mind which is the centre...


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