Learn Ragas

Learn Ragas is a musical insight into certain important and typical ragas of Carnatic Classical Music. Charulatha Mani, popular Carnatic Vocalist is acknowledged world over as an expert on Ragas. In this video in her own lively and melodious style she outlines the salient features of the raga with the right grammar to put learners on the right track, shares with us well-known compositions in the raga as well as presents a piece in full to bring out the complete joy in this effort.

Instructor: Charulatha Mani

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Unit 1: Ragas - I

Hamsadhvani 16 min

Hamsadhvani (meaning Sound of Swans) also spelled as Hansadhwani, is a rāga in Carnatic music (musical scale of Carnatic tradition of Indian classical music). It is an audava rāgam (or owdava rāga, meaning pentatonic scale). It is a janya rāga (derived scale), as it does not have all the seven swaras (musical notes).
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Raga Pantuvarali 12 min

The 51sty Melakartha raga, this prati-madhyama raga has a mystcal quality to it. This raga has universal appeal and is sure ofgiving the much needed fillip to any concert. The raga is called Kamavardhini, and is the 51st in the Melakarta system. Long long ago, this raga was known as Ramakriya. The Dikshitar school calls it Kashee Ramakriya. Hindustani equivalent is Puryadhanashri.
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Unit 2: Ragas - II

Raga Bhairavi 14 min

One of the most important ragas in Carnatic music, along with other heavyweights such as Todi, Shankarabharanam and Kamboji. This is an ancient raga that has developed organically, and has, over the centuries, changed quite a bit in character. Raga Bhairavi can be likened to a prayer, a divine call from the soul to the supreme Brahman. Named after the Mother goddess herself, this raga is majestic in structure and lofty in stature – an imposing combination that can only be fathomed by the receptive mind.
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Raga Kalyani 23 min

The 65th Melakartha, Kalyani is one of the most popular and well-known ragas in Carnatic Music. By far the most important pratimadhyama raga, Kalyani is one of the six ragas that arise out of graha bheda cycle that also includes Shankarabharanam, Todi, Natabhairavi, Kharaharapriya and Harikamboji.
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Unit 3: Ragas - III

Raga Todi 15 min

One of the most important ragas in Carnatic music, Todi again uses notes that form part of a scale that is used in different genres of music around the world. It is one of the six ragas that are generated through mutual graha bhedam, the other five being Kalyani, Shankarabharanam, Kharaharapriya, Harikamboji and Natabhairavi.
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Raga Mohanam 13 min

Historically speaking, mOhanam is perhaps the oldest rAgam known to mankind. This pentatonic scale is and hence is found in the music of various nations, including primitive tribes.  Ancient chinese, japanese, hungarian, swedish, and gypsy music all have traces of  Mohanam.This raga claims to possess international melody. This raga is widely used in many countries namely Burma, Thailand, Japan, China. The national Anthem of Thailand is set in raga Mohanam.
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Unit 4: Ragas - IV

Raag Hindolam 17 min

It is an audava rāgam (or owdava rāgam, meaning pentatonic scale). It is a janya rāgam (derived scale), as it does not have all the seven swaras (musical notes). It is known to be a rāgam that is beautiful and soothing to listen to. Being symmetrical in its ascending and descending scales, it lends itself very well to improvisation and is therefore popular at concerts. It is a pentatonic scaleSince pentatonic scales can be found in other world music such as Chinese music, shades of Mohanam and Hindōḷaṃ can sometimes be traced in Chinese and east Asian music.
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Raag Khamboji 15 min

Kambhoji or Kamboji is a sublime classical raga or musical mode (anciently known as Kambhoja or Kamboja),which was known as Thakkesi pann in ancient Tamil music(3BCE) which is the oldest reference to this raga. Raga Kambhoji is stated to be deshi raga and a jana raga. According to ancient references, the name of deshi ragas originated from the name of the countries or deshas (of their origin). The author of Sangit-Ratnavali also attests that: Deshi-Ragah……….deshnamsamudbhavah | (Sangit-Ratnavali) 
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