Raag

What is a Raag?

Informally speaking, a Raag is the depiction of a mood. The mood could be spiritual, devotional, romantic or somber. A Raag is also a framework of Swars or musical notes. The framework consists of various rules such as which Swars are sung, which are not sung, which Swars are sung while ascending up the scale, which Swars are sung while descending...

How does the vocalist unfold a Raag?

Singing a Raag is like telling a story. Obviously there are the lyrics to the composition which the vocalist sings. But above and beyond that, the vocalist weaves a story with the help of the Swars and the rhythm. Just as in an elaborate story the author establishes certain characters or the main roles e.g., the hero or the heroine and secondary...

How is a composition organized?

A composition, also called a “Bandish”, generally consists of two parts. The opening part is called “Asthayi” and the subsequent part is called “Antara”. The vocalist uses the Asthayi to establish the Raag and gradually develops the Swars in an ascending sequence. Typically, after reaching the first Swar i.e....

What is the connection between a Raag and the time at which it is sung?

Our universe is filled with Swars. A Swar is nothing but a wave. Depending upon the time of the day, certain Swars are more prominent than others. So naturally, certain Swars and combination of Swars sound more appropriate than others depending upon the time because they resonate with the surroundings better. Consider an analogy is in order to...

How many Raags are there in total?

Music is a reflection of the nature and the elements around us. We believe that Lord Shiva created the 5 main Raags: “Shri” representing Earth, “Megh” representing Water, “Deepak” representing Fire, “Hindol” representing Air and “Bhairav” representing the Sky. We also believe that Goddess...