Tag: raga

September 20, 2015


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 music. They are only theoretical constructs. What there are in Hindustani music are “ragaswaras” and there are many of them. I would like to give a simplified analogy to this. Let us take the pronunciation of two sounds in the English language, namely ‘pat’ and ‘tap’. The pronunciation of both ‘p’ and ’t’ in......

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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

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...