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Raagas: Vital Cog of Classical Music.

Posted last October 3, 2016, 6:50 am in Entertainment report article

The raaga, also known as raag or ragam is a musical theme generated by using a specific set of notes within the octave. It is basically the melodic modes used in traditional Indian classical music and qawwali. There are twelve basic notes in an octave. A raga usually is created using five to nine musical notes from them. You could use notes that are similar, or you could choose contrasting notes for various genres. The possibilities of mixing and matching are endless. And, even though you could create any number of ragas using various notes. Although, the total number of raags in Hindustani classical music was as big as 300, several of them have been lost with time. Here are some most common and famous ragas which are still backbone of our music. Irrespective of whether you are a professional singer or a novice singer,  you must have the knowledge of these raagas.

1)      RaagMarwa: It is one of the major ragas in Indian classical music and is sung widely and taken very seriously. This raaga de-emphasizes the root note "sa." Therefore it is probably an unsettling raaga that evokes dark moods of foreboding and anxiety.  RaagMarwa is sung during the late afternoon hours up to sunset.


2)      RaagBhairav: It is another very important raga in the Indian classical tradition. It is a morning raga, and solemn peacefulness is its ideal mood. It is very easy, however, for this raaga to deteriorate from majestically peaceful to pathetically melodramatic, and artists must watch out for that. It is described asRaagBhairav as the music in the mind of Lord Shiva as he meditated in the Himalayas. Imagine that music in mind of Lord Shiva, the man of terrifying passions at that time of his state of perfectpeacefullness.


3)      Raag Gaud-Sarang: Gaud-Sarang is a sunshiny, lively early-afternoon raga. It is one of the best examples of a rag with zigzag melodic movements. Ga and Pa are important notes in this rag, while Dha is rather weak. “Ga” can be the starting note as well as the ending note for many phrases. Pa can also be treated as a resting note. This raagacan bring out a serious mood when performed in a slow tempo. However, it can also evoke a hopeful and energetic atmosphere in medium fast tempo.


4)      RaagPahadi:  A raga that can get away with using just about any note in the octave but still retains a distinct flavor. It is one of those ragas that is hard to define an ascent or descent for. Pahadi is an evening raga that combines both playful and pensive aspects. It is characterized by a very charming, folksy flavor.


5)      RaagYaman: Yaman is an evening raga, sung from sunset to late evening. It is full of grace and majesty. It mainly creates the mood of devotion and dedication. It suggests unconditional offering of everything one has at the altar of whatever one's calling may be, asking nothing in return.


6)      RaagBhimpalasi:  It is a raaga which is very much associated with a hot Indian afternoon. It can be sung from late afternoon to sunset. Bhimpalasi is poignant and passionate, filled with yearning. It is one of the much popular ragas in Bollywood singers as well and there are many film songs in rag Bhimpalasi. Song 'Khanabadosh' from film 'London Dreams' is one of the latest examples.

If you are a classical or semi-classical singer and trying to make out a name for yourself then, it is really important that you train yourself to sing these ragas effectively.  Once you are confident about your skills and are in need of a stage to showcase your crooning skills then, you can get yourself registered on an artist booking platform which can connect you with your prospective clients, who often look for new talents for their events, shows, parties, wedding ceremonies etc.