Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for August 2008

Episode 11: Rasikas’ Voice — Your Letters and Questions

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
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In this episode, we share some of the emails we have received from you so far and answer some of the questions we got from you. Thank you for joining us at Raaga Rasika and listening to our podcasts. Please continue writing to us -- we value your feedback!

Episode 10: A Discussion on Gamakams

Sunday, August 24th, 2008
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We continue our discussion from the last episode on Kalyani and Mohanakalyani, and discuss the role gamakams play when raagas are rendered.

Episode 9: Featured Raagas — Kalyani and Mohanakalyani

Sunday, August 17th, 2008
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In this week's episode, Vidya provides the answer to last week's quiz. The odd-man out song is in Mohanakalyani. Vidya highlights some of the key differences between Kalyani and Mohanakalyani and illustrates the role of gamakams in bringing out differences between allied ragas using the three songs in the quiz.
Episode 8: Raaga Quiz — Kalyani

Sunday, August 10th, 2008
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A good approach to enjoying Carnatic music is to begin training your ear to discern raagas and raaga patterns. In this episode, Vidya sings three different snippets - two of them in Kalyani raaga and one in a different raaga. Can you find the odd one out? We will answer the quiz in the next episode. If you know the answer, write to us! There will be special credit for people who not only provide the answer but also explain why and how the raagas are different. We will recognize noteworthy entries in a subsequent episode.

Episode 7: Featured Composition — Navarasa Navaraga Varnam

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
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We continue last episode's focus on Padmabhushan Lalgudi Jayaraman and turn our attention to his compositions. We feature his set of compositions included in Jaya Jaya Devi, a dance drama on Mother Goddess (Devi). Specifically, we focus on the Navarasa Varnam, a raagamalika that showcases the nine emotions (navarasas), and also discuss raagamalikas in general.