One year of indianraga

This week this blog completes it’s one year. In fact, my other blogs on blogspot.com, myspace.com and multiply.com too completed one year of existence. When I started off, I was a novice both in my knowledge of hindustani classical music and blogging methods. I was so unsure of myself that I decided to write 4 blogs at once, believing that I could decide which ones to keep and which ones to abandon at a later stage, depending upon their popularity.

To start with I began to search for a host site that offered a good amount of space for my music files. After much thought I decided upon eSnips.com which offered 5 GB of server space and most importantly, it was totally free. It’s community flavour and interactive concept also helped me in deciding for it. At about the same time I started learning a bit of HTML and Javascript which I came to know will be essential to write my posts. On 25th of August 2007 I uploaded my first music file on eSnips and continued to do so for the next couple of months – about 3-4 files per day on an average.

It was a pleasant surprise to get an overwhelming response from other users on eSnips. In the beginning I made sure I uploaded only those songs which I liked personally. But writing on my blogs was a different deal altogether. I had to be careful not to prove a fool of myself in the age when 10 year old bloggers are common place. But after some time I discovered that it was not such a big deal after all. I started off with Blogger and soon came to know that it was easy to import blogspot blogs into wordpress.com and multiply.com (but not vice versa) and I really did not struggle too much in doing that.

One mistake I did and which was a bit jarring to most of my visitors was that I chose the mask of King Tutankhamen (Pharaoh of Egypt) as my logo. Now, Tutankhamen has nothing to do with hindustani classical music even with your furthest stretch of imagination. I soon corrected my mistake by changing my logo to that of Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Lord Krishna around whom most of our classical music is woven.

I was again overjoyed by the fantastic response to my blogs especially those on blogspot and wordpress.com. Last month I abandoned my blogs on multiply.com and myspace.com because of the lack of flexibility they offer to their users. And also because, it really does not matter how many blogs you write on. At the end of the day people who like your scribblings, almost certainly will find you, no matter where you are. The only thing that’s important is how ‘search-able‘ your articles are on the web. WordPress.com and Blogger blogs are highly ‘Search Engine‘ friendly and that has helped me in getting that important chunk of regular visitors.

Having learnt a bit of javascript, I attempted to write a piece of code that could generate the download link of eSnips files, at a time when eSnippers were having a hard time in downloading files because of the lack of the download button. It was an instant hit and is quite popular with surfers who hang around eSnips. It is popularly known as eSnips Downloader or eSnips Link Generator. To become a techie is not such an arduous task after all, I have discovered to my amusement. In my quest of building a reasonably good classical music collection I have been to every nook and corner of the web and downloaded almost everything available there. From time to time I make sure to impart that knowledge to my visitors, by posting a few tips and tricks of downloading music from various sites.

Many a times I have resisted the temptation of turning this blog into a full-fledged ‘tips and tricks‘ blog (and letting it become one of the many that are in abundance on the web). I confess, these posts have proved to be more popular than those on the main theme of my blog i.e hindustani classical music. But I assure you this will never happen. This certainly will remain a hindustani classical music blog.

Keep enjoying our musical heritage…till it is alive !!

11 Comments

  1. Akira said,

    September 23, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Dear Guptaji,

    First of all heartiest congratulations for successfully completing a year on blogger and elsewhere. May your blog have many more birthdays!

    I like your blog design which is simple yet very elegant.

    Updating my blog has been a long pending task in my to-do list, which is shameful since I am a techie myself. It was nice to read how you slowly transitioned from a novice to an expert user in many aspects of blogging. Kudos!!

    I stumbled upon your blog recently while doing a search on some hindustani raga. I have also enjoyed the music you post on esnips.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful music and also your knowledge on the subject.

    Congrats once again!🙂

  2. PARTHA MUKHERJEE said,

    November 15, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    DEAR INDIAN RAGA .
    COULD YOU PLS. TELL ME AS TO HOW UPGRADE WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER? IM HAVING THE LOWER VERSION , I THINK! HOW CAN I CHECK MY VERSION & HOW TO UPGRADE IT TO VERSION 10? PLS. SUGGEST! ALSO PLS. HELP ME AS TO HOW I CAN DOWNLOAD THE ANUP JALOTA’S BHAJANS FROM ESNIPS FOLDER AS POSTED BY SHIBNATH KHAN ? EARLIER I COULD CHANGE THE LINK FROM http://www.snips.com./doc —- to nsdoc –numbers—/ts_id/1215858421531/ns_flash/file88.mp3 & HIT THE ENTER & THE SONG WOULD GET DOWNLOADED ! BUT NOW THIS DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE IN IE7 BROWSER! SO PLS. HELP ME OUT TO DOWNLOAD FROM ESNIPS WITH EASE!!

    AWAITING YOUR EARLIEST RESPONSE.

    REGARDS
    PARTHA MUKHERJEE.

  3. indianraga said,

    November 16, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    @ PARTHA

    I will advise you not to upgrade, that is if you have version 10.0 or later. To check which version you have is child’s play. Open Windows Media Player, click “Help” and then “About Windows Media Player”. The version details will be there in front of you.

    Hope this helps you.🙂

  4. PARTHA MUKHERJEE said,

    November 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    MANY THANKS INDIAN RAGA FOR YOUR VALUABLE GUIDANCE & THE MAGNIFICIENT OFFER OF esnips DOWNLOADER IN YOUR “WHAT’S HOT SECTION!” IT REALLY WORKED AND MY ISSUE WAS RESOLVED BY YOU SO AMAZINGLY! I THINK MANY CLASSICAL & GOOD MUSIC LOVERS ARE REALLY BEING BENEFITTED BY YOU! NOW INDIAN RAGA COULD YOU PLS. TELL ME AS TO WHAT THIS “1000 HOURS OF PURE BLISS” SECTION IS ALL ABOUT! I VISITED THAT SECTION ! SUCH A RICH TREASURE IS THERE OF MAGNIFICIENT RENDITIONS BY SO MANY MAESTROS, BUT WE CAN’T LISTEN TO THEM! WOULD YOU KINDLY EXPLAIN THIS 1000 HOURS PURE BLISS TO ME!
    HOPE TO RECEIVE YOUR REPLY AT THE EARLIEST.
    REGARDS
    PARTHA MUKHERJEE.

  5. indianraga said,

    November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    @ PARTHA

    I am glad that your problem was resolved. “1000 hours of pure bliss” is my personal collection of Hindustani classical music. I choose a few songs from this collection and post them on this blog from time to time. I also consider the musical taste of my readers when posting them.

  6. PARTHA MUKHERJEE said,

    November 17, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY ABOUT 1000 HOURS OF PURE BLIS! REALLY YOU HAVE SUCH A RICH COLLECTION OF HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH YOU! I WISH IF I COULD HAVE ALL THOSE IN MY STORE, I WOULD BE CONSIDERING MYSELF TO BE THE RICHEST UNDER THE SUN! ANYWAY HOPE TO GET FROM YOUR COLLECTIONS ON THIS BLOG FROM TIME TO TIME AND COULD JUST GET MYSELF TRANSPORTED TO A DIFFERENT WORLD ALTOGETHER. AS YOU SAID THAT SOME RECITALS POSTED FEW MONTHS BACK, LIKE USTAD SALAMAT ALI & NAZAKAT ALI KHAN’S PAHADI , AS POSTED IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST ‘2009 , SO MAY WE JUST REQUSET YOU TO MAKE IT PLAYABLE & DOWNLOADABLE AS WELL IN NEAR FUTURE IN YOUR BLOG? THEN I THINK MANY CLASSICAL MUSIC LOVERS LIKE ME WOULD BE HIGHLY ELATED & EXTREMELY OBLIGED TO YOU FOR MAKING THE SAME! I AM LOOKING FOR PAHADI RENDITION OF USTAD SALAMAT & NAZAKAT ALI FOR LONG AND NOT REACHING TO IT FROM ANY SOURCE! ALSO I WOULD REQUEST YOU TO POST RAAG “MADHUVANTI & JOG ” RENDERED BY PT. AJOY CHAKRABORTY SHORTLY! APART FROM THIS I HAVE A TECHNICAL ISSUE TO ASK YOU—— !!WOULD BE KIND ENOUGH TO TELL ME AS TO HOW TO DOWNLOAD FROM MUSICINDIA ONLINE & FROM YOUR YOUR BLOG AS WELL PROCEEDING THROUGH IE CACHE? I KNOW YOU HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS BUTIF YOU KINDLY TELL ME STEPWISE TO PROCEED LIKE STEP 1– STEP -2 –& SO ON! MAY BE THIS IS SOMEWHAT TIRING FOR YOU BUT I HOPE AS YOU EXTEND YOUR HELPING HAND OUT TO THE CLASSICAL MUSCIC LOVERS LIKE US ALWAYS , YOU JUST WON’T MIND FOR THAT!

    LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR EARLY REPLY AND HELP!!!!
    MY ALL THE BEST WISHES FOR YOUR ALL VENTURES IN THE COMING DAYS TO ENRICH THIS CLASSICAL MUSIC BLOG !!!!
    AWAITING FOR YOUR RESPONSE!
    REGARDS
    PARTHA MUKHERJEE.

  7. PARTHA MUKHERJEE said,

    November 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    DEAR INDIAN RAGA .

    I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SMALL CORRECTION IN MY POST AS POSTED ABOVE! I WANTED TO IMPLY THAT PAHADI RENDITION BY USTAD SALAMAT ALI & NAZAKAT ALI KHAN POSTED IN THE ARCHIVE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST’2009 IS NOT PLAYING!

    I REGRET THE MISTAKE.
    REGARDS
    PARTHA MUKHERJEE.

  8. indianraga said,

    November 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    @ PARTHA

    I just checked Raga Pahadi by Nazakat & Salamat Ali Khan. It is not only playing well but you may download it too.

  9. PARTHA MUKHERJEE said,

    November 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    DEAR INDIAN RAGA ,
    THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY! IM GOING TO CHECK THAT PAHADI RENDITION BY USTAD SALAMAT ALI & NAZAKAT ALI & SEE IF IT PALYS FOR ME!! MAY BE DUE TO SOME SERVER ERROR IN MY ZONE IT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN PLAYING! YESTERDAY I HAD PUT ANOTHER ISSUE BEFORE YOU INDIAN RAGA —-HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD FROM MUSICINDIA ONLINE USING THE INTERNET EXPLORER CACHE CLEANING METHOD!!!! IF YOU WOULD BE KIND ENOUGH TO TELL ME THE WAYS STEPWISE SO THAT I CAN WORK ON IT & GET MY FAVOURITES DOWNLOADED FROM MUSICINDIAONLINE SITE.I HOPE YOU WOULD KINDLY COMPLY WITH MY REQUEST AND TAKE OUT SOMETIME OF YOURS TO GUIDE ME THE SAME.

    AWAITING FOR YOUR REPLY.
    REGARDS
    PARTHA MUKHERJEE.

  10. PARTHA MUKHERJEE said,

    November 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    DEAR INDIANRAGA.

    I WOULD HUMBLY REQUEST YOU IF YOU KINDLY POST ON YOUR BLOG RAGAS “MADHUVANTI & JOG” BY PT. AJOY CHAKRABORTY & RAG “PARAMESHWARI ” ON SITAR BY PT. RAVISHANKAR. I THINK MANY CLASSICAL MUSIC LOVERS WOULD ALSO ENJOY THIS RECITALS– SO LOOKING WISTFULLY TO YOUR POSTS OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED CLASSICAL TREASURES!!!

    WITH REGARDS
    PARTHA MUKHERJEE.

  11. nandasena said,

    May 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    i always love classical music including hindusthani ragaas


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