Introduction to Indian Classical Music
There are many introductions to Indian Classical Music, and this is just one ongoing attempt by a passionate listener and student. I have liberally borrowed from the work of others (duly credited).
I have always found that referring to more than one source helps me to understand Indian music better (everyone has their own take on it) and recommend that you do the same.
This introduction attempts to talk both of the Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) forms of Indian music, both of which are forms of raga music, though there are substantial differences in the way they are performed. There are different forms and styles within these traditions as well, and it would be impossible to do them all full justice here.
For the moment, I am focussing on vocal music though I have some posts on instruments.
Please give me your feedback and corrections. These posts are constantly edited and I keep adding clips as I find them.
1. T is for Tanpura not Sitar; it’s Good to Know the Difference The Tanpura or Tambura is the “backbone instrument” of Indian music, and this post is also recommended to those who are interested in vocal music.
Getting Usedto the Sound of Vocal Music:
1. Indian Classical Music 1-Voices
1.. Indian Classical Music 7-Seven Notes: the Saptaswaras or Saptak and What Lies in Between
Shruti, Swar, Sur or Pitch:
1. Indian Classical Music 13-What’s your frequency? The Tanpura/Tambura and finding your Sur, Shruti or Pitch
Indian Music; The Magic of the Raga
1. What is a Raga (1)?
2. What is a Raga (2)?
3. What is a Raga (3)- Aaroh/Avroh or Aarohana and Avarohana (Ascending and Descending Note Sequences)
4. What is a Raga (4)-Raga Jati
5. What is a Raga (5): Similar Aarohana and Avarohana-Different Ragas
6. What is a Raga (6)?: Aaroh and Avroh-Some Caution
7. What is a Raga (7)?: The Pakad or the “Grip” of a Raga
8. What is a Raga (8)?: The Chalan (characteristic phrases) of a Raga
Popular Ragas for the Beginner Ear (these posts provide a lot os listening samples and can be read without reading the “What is a Raga” series above):
1. Raga Durga
Compositional Forms in Indian Music:
The Abhang-The Unbroken Song:
1. The Abhang or Abhanga-1