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…