Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for July 2008

Episode 6: Featured Person – Padmabhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman

Sunday, July 27th, 2008
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Just as in any other performing art, Carnatic Music -- especially if you want to perform -- takes several years of learning and practice.   And in Carnatic Music, the guru has a very special and almost sacred place in your life. In this episode, we talk about Vidya's guru: Lalgudi Jayaraman. We also discuss his unique style, the Lalgudi Bani.

Episode 5: Featured Place — Chennai

Sunday, July 20th, 2008
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As we explore the world of Carnatic Music, every now and then, we plan to highlight key cities, towns, and villages that play an important role in this art form. In the last segment, we discussed the art of listening. We talked about how attending concerts is one way to expose yourself and learn by listening. When it comes to Carnatic music concerts, Chennai has a lot to offer. So, in this segment, we shine the spotlight on Chennai.

Episode 4: The Art of Listening

Sunday, July 13th, 2008
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We start of this episode by learning a bit more about Vidya. Then, we discuss how you can begin your journey to understand and appreciate Carnatic Music better. Vidya's tip is pretty straightforward yet profound: keep listening to a lot of Carnatic Music and start looking for patterns.

Episode 3: Raaga Discussion — Naattai

Sunday, July 6th, 2008
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We continue the discussion from the last episode. We discuss the raaga Naattai, the raaga in which Maha Ganapathim is composed.