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A raga has specific rules on improvisation. As Ravi Shankar said, "Ragas aren't jazz." But I've never seen a clear explanation of those rules. Anybody?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by NReilingh Aug 11 '14 at 5:02

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This is possibly too broad, but the text in your question body looks like it could lead to an interesting question. Can you pick a part of that to latch on to and edit this one, similar to how I've edited some of your other questions? –  NReilingh Aug 11 '14 at 5:03
Indian classical music is not text book based. It is taught through face to face sessions by the teacher to his student and it is carried through memory. When a teacher teaches a Raga to a student, the teacher also teaches him the important phrases and the rules of improvisation to the student. All the compositions in the Raga follow those rules and when the student learns them, he ends up learning those rules too. All Ragas are made by real people and they teach it to their students, who in turn, pass it on to their students and so on. –  Rana Prathap Feb 21 at 6:01
Since that is how the development of the music took place. you won't be able to find out one single book or document that explains all those rules. The only place where you can get them will be the minds of the singers who sing those Ragas. It is unfortunate, but that is simply how it is. –  Rana Prathap Feb 21 at 6:03