Raga guide 1

Many of us who are new to Hindustani classical music, and have just started to appreciate it, would want to know the basic structure of each Raga. Although classical music is a vast subject and cannot be understood by merely listening to music samples, it would be of immense help to many to have an insight on each Raga. In this series of 8-9 posts I will cover about 40-45 most sung Ragas. At the beginning of each song the vocalist, Subhra Guha of Agra Gharana, explains the basic structure of the Raga that is being sung. There are a few technical terms spoken by her during this briefing. Without delving into the technicalities, I will describe just these.

Each one of the several traditional Ragas is based on, or is a variation of, 10 basic Thaats, or musical scales or frameworks. The ten Thaats are Bilawal, Kalyan, Khamaj, Bhairav, Poorvi, Marwa, Kafi, Asavari, Bhairavi and Todi,. If one were to pick a Raga at random, it should be possible to find that it is based on one or the other of these Thaats.

Aroha presents the ascending scale of a Raga, whereas Avroha presents the descending scale. Pakad is the phrase of melody belonging to a Raga. It is the very essence of a Raga containing all its elements and individuality. It is something unique and not transferable to some other Raga.

Ragas are presented here in alphabetical order.

Subhra Guha – Raga Alahiya Bilawal (late morning) :  Download

Subhra Guha – Raga Barwa (early evening) :  Download

Subhra Guha – Raga Bhairavi (any time) :  Download

Subhra Guha – Raga Bhankar (early morning) :  Download

Subhra Guha – Raga Bhimpalasi (early afternoon) :  Download

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11 Comments

  1. October 13, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Haven’t I heard these lessons on itcsra.org?

  2. indianraga said,

    October 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Maybe yes, and you may hear these on many other sites too. Music is omnipresent.🙂

  3. vj said,

    October 14, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Hey Indianraga,
    You are doing a great job. Infact yours is the first and only comprehensive (and regularly updated) website online. Hats off to you man.
    Great service to the indian classical music.
    Keep up the good work
    Thanks,
    vj

  4. indianraga said,

    October 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks vj, very few people (like you) understand the hard work that goes into all this.

  5. arpana said,

    October 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Nice way to explain raga, i would look forward to know more.

  6. virendra singh verma said,

    October 19, 2010 at 7:21 am

    SEPT 2009 CARRIED YOUR INFORMATION ON DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF A RAGA
    AND THIS RAGA GUIDE IS A STEP AHEAD
    LET US MARCH HAND IN HAND TO A JOURNEY HITHER UNKNOWN
    INTO DEEP BLISSFUL REALMS OF OUR CLASSICAL SANGEET
    YOUR HARD WORK ,CONSISTENT,WILL CREATE A PEOPLE WITH DEEP APPRECIATION OF OUR CULTURE
    MAY GOD BLESS YOU

  7. Bhavana said,

    November 13, 2010 at 2:41 am

    i loved Raga Bhairavi, I have been trained in carnatic classical. But i like hindustani style..
    regards
    Bhavana

  8. yogee said,

    December 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Simply great – your dedication to precision and lucidity of elaboration is truly commendable. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

  9. May 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    This is the greatest site of indian raga music I’ve ever come across,keep them coming!
    great posts

  10. M.N.Chinmulgund said,

    December 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    About thirty five to forty years ago AIR Vividh Bharti used to broadcast a programme “Rag Tarang”Similar to your Rag Guide.It had in addition a hindi film song based on the rag which helped in retaining the “Pakad”.. You are doing a worthy job very nicely. Keep up the good work. Bless you.

  11. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay said,

    June 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Really excellent. But how to download these rags?


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