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Questions tagged [indian-classical]

The music rooted in the classical (Northern and Southern) music systems of India.

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Which Bansuri Fingering Chart to use with Practicing Saptak (both Beginners and Experienced)

I totally appreciate the nuances of Bansuri notation. And I am starting to notice subtle differences when practicing half-notes (i.e. Komal) Is it best practice to use simple Bansuri fingering chart ...
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Bansuri 1/2 open Ma vs full open Ma

In Bansuri notation, Ma is half open or fully open. Which octave is half open Ma located and which octave is full open Ma located. Or is full open Ma a special case? Different places tell different ...
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In What Order to Practice Holding Notes on Bansuri

At the start of Bansuri practice, I try to blow each note and hold as long as possible. I do this 6 times per note, i.e. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni SA But now I realize there are three octaves in Bansuri ...
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How to Disinfect a Bansuri?

I am seeing different ways on Internet to disinfect a Bansuri. One person suggested submerging in water and then hold over an open flame (this doesn't sound like good idea, especially with the nylon ...
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How to interpret Bansuri Scale reading on “Swar Meter”

I downloaded "Swar Meter" and played Sa on my 23" Bansuri that says "A" scale However, "Swar Meter" consistently measures between "A" and "A#" I tried same exercise on my 24" Bansuri that says "A" ...
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Speed of Tampura app during Bansuri practice

I understand Tampura app (I use Tampura droid) must be on during Bansuri practice so player learns to tell (by ear) whether they are in tune. Since I have A-Scale Bansuri the Tampura is on A-Scale ...
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How to practice Saptak Rhythm in Bansuri using Tabla App

Here is video tutorial. I understand few minutes before video where Teacher shows slow, medium, fast rhythm of Saptak, i.e. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni SA, by clapping his ...
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Tanpura app during Bansuri Practice

I am viewing this tutorial and am unclear on Please clarify two things What is purpose of Tanpura (I got Tanpura Droid) playing in background. Is it to create an ...
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Differences in Bansuri Fingering Chart

I have been practicing little over a month roughly 30 minutes a day. Bansuri is A scale, almost 23.5" So far I am practicing SA RE GA MA PA DHA NI SA, and using higher octave when doing PA DHA NI SA. ...
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How do I Read Bansuri Notation

How do I read Bansuri Notation Mumbai theme - A R Rahman I know SA RE GA MA PA DHA NI SA, and the concept of low and high octaves. How do I correlate the letters. And where are the letter ...
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How do I get consistent sound during Bansuri practice

I am teaching myself Bansuri (23", A scale), using YouTUBE videos. Just recently I understood the concept of octaves, i.e. blowing sound hard and soft with same closed holes will produce high and low ...
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Accidental notes in Western and Indian classical music [closed]

Why Western classical music uses a lot of accidental notes in the composition which is not part of scale but Indian classical music does not entertain to use any accidental notes in classical ...
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How to write Indian Classical Music Notation on Computer/Digitaly?

I want to create a program that will write Indian classical music notation from Midi, but not able decide which representation method is best. One I know is Bhatkhande notation. I want one which is ...
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Carnatic Vs Western 12 Note system

I was trying to learn the chromatic scale and associate it with carnatic equivalents (I know equal temperment is not the way with indian music, but it interest me to relate and learn it to certain ...
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How do modern performers harmonize Hindustani classical music?

Interested to know how modern performers harmonize Hindustani classical music. Like, I heard a beautiful piano performance in Raga Shuddh Sarang. Was wondering what would be the left hand playing - ...
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What are the core elements of Hindustani Classical music?

I am always fascinated with the songs which have some elements of Hindustani Classical Music. I want to learn more about the core or the basic elements of the same. I have tried to read them on ...
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Is violin used in North Indian Classical music

Indian classical music can be broadly classified as Hindustani Classical (played mostly in northern regions) and Carnatic music (played mostly in Southern regions). Is violin used only in Carnatic ...
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This is regarding a song from Indian music

I’m from india...and I was listening to a song which starts in F major scale with chords like F, Csus4, Fm and C#... later on some instrumental part is played and they used chords like G D A#(here I ...
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What is the Raga of Ninna Olumeyinda Nikhila janaru bandu [closed]

What is the Raga of Ninna Olumeyinda Nikhila janaru bandu? Link :
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How did the harmonium and violin become an integral part of Hindustani music?

The Harmonium hails from Germany and it is not an Indian instrument. Also, it is a equal tempered instrument. But the harmonium is a very common accompanying instrument in Hidustani Classical and ...
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What is the Western equivalent scale of Indian Raga Mayamalavagowla?

Mayamalavagowla is the first raga taught to students who learn South Indian Carnatic Music. But I wonder what is the western scale used to represent this Raga ? Why did Carnatic Music system selects ...
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Why does Indian Hindustani or Carnatic music not use chords?

Why does Indian Hindustani or Carnatic music not use chords in compositions? I haven't seen any composition that mentioned about chords. Were Indians not aware of chords?
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Can the same piano be used for Indian and western music?

For any piano (keyboard, digital or acoustic), is the piano made or tuned differently for Indian and western music? Or, can the same piano be used for both?
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What is the relationship of raginis to ragas?

From Wikipedia Rāginī (Devanagari: रागिनी) is a term for the "feminine" counterpart of a "masculine" rāga.[65] These are envisioned to parallel the god-goddess themes in Hinduism, and described ...
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What is a raga?

Wikipedia describes a raga thus: A raga is sometimes explained as melodic rule set that a musician works with, but according to Dorottya Fabian and others, this is now generally accepted among ...
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Difference between 6 holed and 7 holed Indian bamboo flute?

I'm planning to buy an Indian bamboo flute. I found out today that there are Indian bamboo flutes with a different number of holes. There is one with 6 fingering holes called Bansuri and one with 7 ...
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Is it possible to describe how referees in composition competitions (typically) work?

Would it be possible that someone having a working knowledge in these matters (ideally, someone who has much experience being a referee in composition competitions) to give an overview, to a person ...
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What is this scale? Possibly an Indian Raga [duplicate]

I have come across a scale which to me sounds very Indian. I thought perhaps it was some sort of Raga, however I can't identify which one. Its "key signature" is two sharps and two flats: I've been ...
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Indian light music: Can a light music/film song exceed 7 notes?

I've been practicing to play song 'Har Ghadi Badal Rahi He' from the movie 'Kal Ho Na Ho', I extracted notes/swaras of that music by hearing. I got these notes/...
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Technique: How to produce even sound of an octave in Bamboo flute [Bansuri]?

I've been practicing to play Bansuri for 3 months. I practice playing single note for longer duration, and Alankars [patterns]. Starting note Sa [or C in Western notation] is played by closing first ...
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Confusion in Base, Scales and Sargam

I am learning and playing flute from Youtube on my own for over 10 months now but there are some questions and doubts that still confuse me. Now according to me no matter what the bass of flute is the ...
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Please help me make my drums sound harmonious

I play an Indian classical instrument called the tabla, some of you may have heard of it and some of you may not have but the overall point is that there are two drums and I was wondering what pitches ...
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Violin - Western Classical vs indian classical. How different are they?

Just a curious beginner with no music background and knowledge of music. I am fond of Western classical music, thus violin. I have a violin but don't know where to start. I couldn't find someone to ...
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Is there software to write & play Tabla ( Indian drum ) compositions? [closed]

Is there software where one can write & play Tabla ( Indian drum ) compositions & learn how they fit in the beats. And a composition could sound.
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Hindustani music: Evolution of instruments

So, I was thinking about the evolution of instruments in Indian classical (Hindustani, to be precise). We know Sa and Pa are achala swaras, and don't have any tivra or komal forms. Sa and Pa form the ...
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I want to learn the Indian flute (Bansuri). Is there any site where I can learn how to play this instrument? [closed]

Recently I started listening Indian classical music and I love the music of the Bansuri, an Indian flute. I want to learn how to play it. Do you know of any site where I can learn the Indian flute? I ...
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How does Indian and Western Musical contain Seven Notes ? Is it a Coincidence?

How does Indian (sa,re,ga,ma,pa,dha,ni) and Western(c,d,e,f,g,a,b) music have seven notes ? Is it a coincidence or someone copied from other ?
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Mastering carnatic gamakas (slides, deflections)

I started learning Indian classical violin a couple of years ago. There is a lot of rigor in getting things right with my instructor, and sometimes I feel I'm plateaued and not making progress. ...
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Is there a systematic way to identify the jaathi of a song in Carnatic music?

This is probably a very basic question, but I'm wondering how one goes about systematically figuring out the jaathi of a song. I don't exactly have formal training in Carnatic music. I am a ...
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What are the rules of improvisation in Indian ragas?

In How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation? Phil states: With a Raga, there is no theme, per se. A Raga is more like a set of rules as to how you ...
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How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ significantly from jazz melodic improvisation?

I have heard that Ravi Shankar once said that ragas are not jazz. However, Ravi Shankar had a significant influence on some jazz performers. How does improvisation in Indian ragas differ ...
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What is the Jhaptal equivalent tal name in Carnatic

What is the name of the the Tal in Carntic music equivalent to Jhaptal in Hindustani music ? Anybody have idea ?
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What is Tanam in Music?

What is Tanam in Indian music ? Is tanam used in Cinema music ? i.e After Pallavi of a song a piece of music playing it might be 8 bar or 16 bar etc. Is it Tannam ?
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What is the finger technique for harmonium?

I have gone through many website to learn the finger technique for harmonium. But all they mention is the technique same as keyboard. e.g. start from c -1 d -2 e -3 f- 1 g- 2 a- 3 b 4- c-5 , 1 is ...
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How to transcribe Indian classical music using Western music notation?

I recently started playing violin in the Western musical style (as opposed to Indian music). At the end I want to play some Indian music like this example http://rushisbiz.com/bombay-theme-piano-notes/...
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Is there indian music that is not “mono chord”?

I failed to find a piece of classical indian music that modulates from a chord to another one. Can anyone give a example of not "mono chord" indian music, and if not possible, is there a reason for ...
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How to play Tabla in a music composition?

So I've been playing Tabla since I was in 4th grade and I know most of the stuff about it and how to play it (like the Thekas and the Relas and the Kaaydas and all the other good stuff. I learned to ...
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Classic book from which to learn harmonium [closed]

I've been trying to learn harmonium on my own for a while now, and I've tried a couple of videos online and picked up some ragas from here and there. But I just couldn't get a normal pattern or a ...
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Difference between equal temperament and just intonation

I am learning Indian classical music and learned about just intonation and equal temperament. I want to know the difference between them. I know that Indian classical music uses just intonation and ...
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Finding the Shadaj (tonic) in Hindustani Sangeet (North Indian Classical Music)

This question pertains to non-Western music and hence a bit of explanation before a question is stated. I listen to and play Hindustani Sangeet i.e. North Indian Classical Music which does not use ...