Daatu Varase Lyrics

Daatu  Varase ( = Skip Verses ), also known as Dhatu Varasai. To learn using audio click here ->. lesson-3-Daatu-Varase-Sing-Along Raaga: MayamalavaGoula Raaga Info: 15th Melakarta Raaga. Scale: Sa – Ri1 – Ga3 – Ma1 – Pa – Da1 – Ni3 – Sa. Sa. – Ni3 – Da1 – Pa – Ma1 – Ga3 – Ri1- Sa Taala:…

Sapta Taala Alankara Lyrics

Sapta Taala Alankara , depict the 7 maha taalas or rhythms in Carnatic Music. These are the 7 types of Taalas. To learn using audio click here ->. lesson-3-Sapta-Taala-Alankara Raaga: MayamalavaGoula Raaga Info: 15th Melakarta Raaga. Scale: Sa – Ri1 – Ga3 – Ma1 – Pa – Da1 – Ni3 – Sa. Sa. – Ni3 – Da1 –…

Naming of Janaka Raagas

There are 72 Janaka Raagas in the carnatic style of classical music. The naming of these Raagas is a very interesting concept. There is a significant mathematical structure to this system, an age old but sophisticated one. By looking at the name of the Raaga it is possible to derive some the Raaga number, which…

Janaka Raagas Explained

As discussed in the article (Concept of Raaga)..there are 72 Janaka Raagas. Also as discussed in the article, there is a systematic way to name these ragas. Now let us look at the how these 72 Raagas were arrived at. Why are there 72 raagas? Why not less and why not more? Math enthusiasts, you…

Concept of Raaga

A “Raaga” is a combination of “Swaras” or notes. Indian Classical Music thrives on “raaga”. A “raaga” is not just a melody or a tune. It is the name given to any melody that always comprises of a predetermined set of “swaras” occurring in a pattern. A special note on “raaga” is that “raaga” or…

Concept of Swara

“Swara” is the basic entity of music. It is the sound, which is pleasant to ears. There are seven “swaras” in Indian Classical Music. They are called as “sapta (Seven) Swaras” . They are – “Shadja – Sa”, “Rishabha – Ri”, “Gaandhara -Ga”, “Madhyama – Ma”, “Panchama – Pa”, “Daivata Da”, “Nishada – Ni”. There…

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Concept of Shruti – a blurb

Shruti is the pitch of the music. The artist must perform in sync with shruti. The knowledge of Shruti or Shruti Jnana is utmost important. Different artists have different comfortable Shruti. Shruti is played traditionally using Tanpura, or Harmonium. But modern day gadgets have made it possible to have an electronic Shruti box, which mimics…

Short Biography of Kanaka Daasa

Kanaka Daasa was a great musician born in a small village of Baada in Dharwad, Karnataka. He was born in the community of sheperds. His father was Beere Gowda and mother Bachhamma. Kanaka Daasa was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. His songs mesmerized everyone. But Kanaka Daasa was from a lower caste. In the…

Short Biography of Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar

Muthuswani Dikshitar lived from 1775 to 1835. He was born in the town of Tiruvarur, just like Sri Tyagaraja and Shyama Shastri. He was one among the Classical Music Trinity. His parents were Ramaswami Dikshitar and Bhageeratamma. His father was a classical singer himself. Muthuswami learnt classical music from his father. He also became an…