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Timings (Prahar) of Indian Classical Ragas

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Timings (Prahar) of Indian Classical Ragas

Indian Classical Ragas

Indian Classical Raagas – Timings of a Raga

Music Articles – Ragas / Raagas – Indian Classical Music

Timings has an important role to play in Indian Classical Music

What is special about Hindustani Raagas is that there is a fixed time (’Samay’) for singing as well as playing each raag. It is believed that any raag will sound more attractive and melodious when it is played during that fixed time.

Moreover, there are different raagas for different seasons too!

Songs which are based on raagas are not only sung and played during specific seasons, but also during the specific hours / parts (’prahar’) of the day and night. (Days and nights have been divided into different parts and Indian Classical Ragas are played /practiced during this time).

For eg., Raag Malhar is sung during the Rainy Season and Raag Bahaar is sung during spring. These raagas when played during these specific seasons have the power of rejuvenating the spirits and creating an atmosphere of absolute bliss.

It is even believed that Great Classical Indian artists like Tansen were able to change the course of nature through their powerful performances and heat warming alaaps.

Call it wishful thinking if you like but it is believed that ragas have the latent power to alter the course of nature, summon rains, and even start a fire.

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Mood & Nature of Indian Classical Ragas

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Hindustani Classical Raagas

Indian Classical Ragas

Every raag is based on a particular mood / feel (’ras’) and when played or sung, it has the power to induce the same feelings in the listener.

Here is a list of Raagas – Nature & Timing

1. Raag Bilawal

Nature of the Raga – ‘Shant’ – Serene, Quiet, Peaceful

Timing – Early hours of the morning

2. Raag Bhairav

Nature of the Raga – ‘Shant’ – Serene, Quiet, Peaceful

Timing – Morning

3. Raag Bhairavi

Nature of the Raga – ‘Gambhir’ – Serious

Timing – Evening

4. Raag Bhupali

Nature of the Raga – ‘Shant’ – Serene, Quiet, Peaceful

Timing – Early hours of the night

5. Raag Vihag

Nature of the Raga – ‘Karun’ – Sad, Compassionate

Timing – Second half of the night

6. Raag Desh

Nature of the Raga – ‘Karun’ – Sad, Compassionate

Timing – Second half of the night

7. Raag Bhim Palasi

Nature of the Raga – ‘Shant’ – Serene, Quiet, Peaceful

Timing – Third half of the day

8. Raag Peelu

Nature of the Raga – ‘Karun’ – Sad, Compassionate

Timing – Third half of the day

9. Raag Tilak Kamud

Nature of the Raga – ‘Chanchal’

Timing – Second half of the night

10. Raag Bageshri

Nature of the Raga – ‘Gambhir’ – Serious

Timing – Afternoon

11. Raag Purvi

Nature of the Raga – ‘Gambhir’ – Serious

Timing – Evening

12. Raag Vrindavani Sarang

Nature of the Raga – ‘Chanchal’

Timing – Afternoon

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Learning to Play Indian Classical Ragas on Spanish Guitar

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Tips for Learning To Play Classical Indian Ragas on Spanish Guitar

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Learning to play Classical Indian Ragas on a Spanish Guitar can be quite a fulfilling experience especially if you have an interest in both Indian Classical Raagas and learning to master the finger movements on a Spanish Guitar!

I have had the good fortune of learning to play 4-5 Indian Ragas on my guitar. Though in the beginning, I was quite paranoid about the idea of learning to play a raag, it slowly grew on me!

Up till that point, my only understanding of the word raag was limited to what I had heard a couple of times on television.

I knew it was not going to be easy but what I had no clue about was the fact that I was going to thoroughly enjoy playing it! I’d like to share by simple tips and experiences of learning to play ragas with those of you who might be thinking of doing the same :

Most Do’s – Tips for learning to play a raag on your guitar –

  • Understand the structure and elements that make up a Indian Raag / Raga.
  • Understand how the Raag may be divided into systematic parts.
  • Begin by getting familiar with the swaras in the raag and the rules that apply to that specific raga. eg. certain notes may not be included ina particular raag as a rule – “ni” is not played (varjit) in Raga Bhupali
  • Begin by playing the Aaroh, Avroh and Pakkad – these should help you in familiarizing yourself with the swaras in the raga as well as the mood of the raaga.
  • Start by playing slowly and making a mental note of the notes you are playing and the tune in which they are played.
  • Play one line at a time.
  • Understand the connection between the sthahi, antara and the taan (toda). Experience how the todas join back to the raga.
  • Play the taan at double the speed of the raga.
  • Practice, Practice and Practice – There are no two ways about it – practice will make you perfect!

Goal : While learning to play the raga on your guitar and practicing it, keep the ultimate goal in mind – To play the entire raga from Aaroh to Toda without stopping and maintain the correct tempo throughout the course of the raga!

The ragas which I enjoy playing the most include – Raag Bhupali, Raga Bhim Palasi and Raag Jaunpuri.

Contributed by – Akanksha, Music Enthusiast

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List of Classical Indian Raagas

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Indian Classical Ragas, Raagas

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Indian classical music will be incomplete without the melodious and heart warming ragas.

Here is a list of some Classical Indian Ragas – each having their own specific features, elements and moods that define it.

1. Raag Bhupali
2. Raag Bihag
3. Raag BhimPalasi
4. Raag Desh
5. Raag Bhairavi
6. Raag Pilu
7. Raag Asavari
8. Raag Kafi
9. Raag Tilak Kamod
10. Raag Hamir
11. Raag Malkos
12. Raag Brindabani Sarang
13. Raag Multani
14. Raag Patdeep
15. Raag Sohni
16. Raag Jaunpuri
17. Raag Maalkoos
18. Raag Kedar
19. Raag Bhairav
20. Raag Purvi
21. Raag Hindol
22. Raag Bahaar
23. Raag Durga
24. Raag Tilang
25. Raag Deskar
26. Raag Shankara
27. Raag JaiJai Vanti
28. Raag Kamod
29. Raag Marva

What is a Raaga – Raga?

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What is a Raaga, Raga?

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Indian Classical Ragas, Raagas

Ragas occupy a very dominant position in Indian Classical Music

Definitions of a Raaga – Raga

  • “Swaro Ki Wah Anupam Rachna Jise Sunkar Anand Ki Prapti Ho, Raag Kahlati Hai”
  • “A Raag is a beautiful combination of musical notes that is pleasing to the ears when sung or played on a musical instrument”

Features of RagasBased on the rules of Indian Classical Music, to qualify as a Raga, the combination of notes must have the following features –

  •     Notes ( swaras) – There must be atleast 5 notes or a maximum of 7 notes (swaras) in a Raag.
  •     Aaroh & Avroh – Every Raga must have an “Aaroh” – ascending notes & an “Avroh” – descending movement of notes.
  •     Vadi & Samvadi – Every raag must have “Vadi” – most prominent & dominating notes and “Samvadi” notes – notes that complement the dominating notes.
  •     Melodious – A raag must be pleasant sounding and must be able to enchant the listener with its melody.
  •     Key Note – The key not can never be missing in a Raag – ie, “C” note or “Shadaj”.

In Indian Classical Music, many different ragas are recognised and played. Each ragas has its own mood and specific identity which defines it.

Also read – What is a Taal?

Here is a List of Classical Indian Ragas

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Indian Classical Ragas (Raaga)

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Role & Importance of Ragas in Indian Classical Music

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Ragas are widely recognized and occupy a very prominent position in Indian Classical Music and its practice.

In classical music of India, ragas are played and sung widely. While some ragas are played and sung in their pure classical form, others may sing it in a semi classical format.

Either ways, ragas are melodious. Listening to raga inspired music is an enriching and wholesome experience. What’s Interesting to note is that each raga has its own mood and specific identity that defines it.

Let us begin with the basics –

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