Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for November 2008

Episode 21: Carnatic Music Terms Defined — Shruti Bhedam or Graha Bhedam

Friday, November 28th, 2008
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Continuing on the topic of "Shruti", in this episode we present the concept of Shruti Bhedam. Shruti Bhedam or Graha Bhedam is a form of improvisation in Carnatic Music where artistes transpose the raaga they are rendering to a new raaga by using a perception of a shift of their fundamental note or shadjam. Vidya illustrates this concept using the raaga Mohanam to bring out the raaga Madhyamavathy by a tonic shift.

Episode 20: Rasikas’ Voice — Your Letters and Questions

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
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In this episode, we would like to share some of the feedback we have been getting so far. Thanks a lot for all your comments and enthusiastic support. We really appreciate it!

Episode 19: Featured Instruments — Shruti Box and Tambura

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
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In this segment, we showcase three related instruments: shruti box, electronic tambura, and a traditional tambura. We also discuss the main differences between each of them. Finally, we talk about the role of the traditional tambura artiste in the Carnatic music platform.