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The complete guide on diverse forms of RAGAS

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All about the Indian classical music

Indian classical music is one of the oldest forms of music existing on this planet. The reason behind its immortality is it is attached to the spiritual beliefs and sacred practices of the country’s population. There are various religions in the country which bring their flavour to the Indian classical music, which adds a new dish to the complete cuisine. Well, it is hard to endorse all the skills of marvellous classical music without the right guidance and RAGAS. We will discuss here various forms of RAGAS and where do the different types of RAGAS find their application.

In general, every rhythmic tone or a particular scenario can be expressed with a different form of tempo consisting of a unique variety of RAGA. Possibly every single mood of a human can be expressed through the divine power of RAGA in the form of classical music. Let us overview on some of the best ways of RAGAS and their application in modern evolution. People who are learning the RAGAS for the first time will be beneficial with the brief description of diverse forms of RAGAS given below.

KHAMAJ RAGA or the romantic or flirting form of RAGA

AAROHANA = -S-G-M-P-D-N-S
AVAROHANAM = S-N-D-P-M-G-R-S

KHAMAJ RAGA is a sensual and passionate form of RAGA which one can find in GHAZALS and THUMRIS. One can also use KHAMAJ RAGA in late-evening SUFI style music due to is low composition

DHARBARI or the grand RAGA
AAROHANA = S-R-G-M-P-D-N-S
AVAROHANAM = S-D-N-M-P, M-P-N-G-M-R-S

The ancient term for a king’s court is termed as DARBAR, and so does the RAGA related to the grand ceremony. The DARBARI RAGA is also one of the monumental forms of RAGA present in the Hindustani style of classical music. The DARBARI RAGA is considered as majestic, and TANSEN, who was a professional at classical music and singing got the credit of inventing the RAGA. TANSEN used to sing at AKBAR’s court, which was one of the popular Mughal kings who ruled India. The RAGA is said to create a peaceful vibe when sung in the right way.

All about the HINDOL RAGA or the relieving or soothing RAGA

AAROHANA = S-G-M-D-S
AVAROHANAM = N-D-M-G-S

HINDOL RAGA or RAGA HINDOLAM can provide a stress relief soothing atmosphere to one’s mind. The HINDOLAM RAGA belongs to the Carnatic style of Indian classical music, and the similar version of the same RAGA in Hindustani style is called MAULKAN. One can also observe HINDOLAM RAGA in Chinese and Eastern-Asian countries traditional music traces. In western culture, we can also define the HINDOLAM RAGA as the RAGA, which uses the application of pentatonic scales.

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PAHADI RAGA or the RAGA of Himalayas

AAROHANA = P-D-S R-G-D-P-S
AVAROHANAM = S-N-D-P M-G-R-S S-P-D-S

The PAHADI RAGA is also considered as the RAGA of mountains and the best time to play this RAGA is during the evening to enjoy the relaxing form of the tempo of PAHADI RAGA. The fresh notes of this RAGA can also boost the brains of the wanderer with positive vibes.

HAMSADHWANI RAGA or the RAGA of Swans

AAROHANA = S-R-G-P-N-S
AVAROHANAM = S-N-P-G-R-S

People who would have experienced the sound of swans would find them quite similar to the HAMSADHWANI RAGA of Carnatic music. In Vedas swan is called as Hams and DHAWANI stands for sound, and hence the RAGA is coined as HAMSADHWANI RAGA. The best time to play HAMSADHWANI RAGA is during the late-evening after sunset. One can feel well through motivating positive vibes of HAMSADHWANI RAGA.

ARABHI RAGA or the RAGA of energies
AAROHANA = S-R-M-P-D-S
AVAROHANAM = S-N-P-G-R-S

The AARABHI form of RAGA is considered as one of the oldest ways of RAGA which were usually taught in schools of Carnatic music in 7A.D. One can find the traces of AARABHI music in BRIGHAS which in Tamil is called as PAZHANATHAKAM

YAMAN or the sunset or sundown RAGA

AAROHANA = N-R- G-M-D-N-S
AVAROHANAM = S-N-D-P M-G-R-S

Due to the serene nature of the YAMAN RAGA, it is the first RAGA which every GURU or teacher teaches to their followers or students. YAMAN RAGA is a bit devotional and creates a sensation of BHAKTI. The best time to play the YAMAN RAGA is after the sunset to provide a chill-pill to the human brain.

MEGH RAGA or the cloud RAGA

AAROHANA= S-R-M-P-N-S
AVAROHANAM = S-N-P-M-R-S

Another RAGA which finds its perfect time to play in the evening is the MEGH RAGA which is devoted to the sky filled with clouds. MEGH RAGA also comes in the list of oldest forms of RAGAS and is also related to the monsoon season when there are high chances of clouds to be present in the sky.

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