Kirtan from other side of Pacific- Finding true meaning of Kirtan I still remember that day with overcast bluish-grey sky, sun trying hard to peek out from clouds, cars zooming past ours on multi-lane freeway and a sense of almost child-like wonderment that I had when I first landed at LAX, from India in Dec 2002. I was a newly married bride then and my husband worked and lived here in the USA. This country, its tall skyscrapers, American English, dollar bills, vast freeways, thousands of cars on them, everything was a new experience for me. For the first couple of […]
Kamini Music would like to Thank each and everyone of you for attending our Launch Party !! It was so much fun to see all of you and share Raga based Kirtans. Thanks to all our amazing Musicians as well !! I received lot of emails asking me to do workshops to go along with the eBook, Indian Ragas for Kirtans. I thought it is a great idea as you can get hands on practical training. One of these requests came from a Yogi friend of mine, Arvind Chittumala- founder of Moksha Festival, Producer of Yoga Maya documentary and Owner […]
Dear Friends THIS has been a pretty hectic phase for me and please excuse my absence from Newsletters! First things first – my pet project eBook is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON !! You can download it on Kindle or any ebook reader, listen to 20 tracks and learn more about Indian Ragas for Kirtans ! I wrote this eBook specially for Kirtan Lovers, Yogis and Yoginis who wish to deepen their spiritual practice and lead Kirtans. This eBook covers a brief history of Kirtans, Indian Ragas, their patterns, melodic outlines, how certain ragas are associated with certain emotions and Chakras. It […]
I have some EXCITING NEWS to share. I have been working on 2 projects very close to my heart.
1) A Music Album with producer Evan Eder- His tracks display a unique sonic sound while infusing a variety of musical styles ranging from Cinematic scores to Rock, Alternative, Metal, Grunge, Trance, Industrial, Hip Hop, Ambient, Electronica, Indian, African, Latin, Brazilian, Funk, Jazz, Fusion, Folk, Blues and Country.
My earlier recording with Evan, titled “Devi” was featured along with Anoushka Shankar and Talvin Singh on the “Tantra Lounge” album.
Ragas can be classified in lot of different ways, some of which I wrote about earlier. Another way of classification is through “Thaats” (framework) in Hindustani music and “Melas” in Carnatic music. Venkatamakhin’s classification of Ragas and its subsequent development has shaped Carnatic Music. Classification of Ragas was based on the scale used by a Raga and thus, Venkatamakhin classified various scales, called Melas. His system not only classified known Ragas but also introduced several new ones, based on the possibilities that the system of classification he used, threw up. All melas are full scales, having seven notes. Every Mela […]
Raga can be mistaken for modes or scales of western music but it is neither. A raga is a precise, scientific, and aesthetic melodic form with its own peculiar ascending and descending movement. One way of classifying ragas , is by their Jaati. A raga can contain either all seven notes, or six or five. The number of notes used in ascending and descending order specifies the “Jaati” of the raga. All seven notes would be a “Sampoorna” Jaati , while six becomes “Shadav” and five is “ Audav.” There can be any combination of these. For example, a raga […]
In my previous post, I described “Raga” the backbone of Indian Classical Music. Today I would like to delve deeper into Notes, Octaves and Scales used in Indian Music. Notes and Octaves: Before we proceed to ragas, let us first examine the most basic notes of Indian Music. The notes used in Indian music are Sa/ Shadaj, Re/ Rishab, Ga/Gandhar, Ma/Madhyam, Pa/Pancham, Dha/Dhaiwat and Ni/Nishad. This corresponds to the western diatonic scale. In Indian music, Sa and Pa (1st and the perfect 5th) have a fixed pitch. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th notes are variables. An octave consists […]
Indian classical music, be it Hindustani (North Indian) or Carnatic (South Indian), is principally based on melody and rhythm. Raga or Rag or Ragaam is the most essential unit of Indian Music. The Vedic hymns of the Hindu temple are the fundamental source of all Indian music. Thus, the roots of Indian classical music are also religious like western music. Indian music is based on the thought that sound is God- Nada Brahma. Ragas carry us into the spiritual journey. The ancient vedic scriptures teach us about two types of sound. Anahat Nad or unstruck sound and Ahat Nad or […]
I come from a very strict Indian Classical music background. However, I LOVE singing Kirtans and sharing my music, singing together, feeling the love flow. Singing Kirtans is extremely meditative, rejuvenates and relieves stress. I always believe that all good things need to be shared and sharing Kirtans with other multiplies its positive effects. I organize a Kirtan MeetUp group in Simi Valley, CA. http://www.meetup.com/SimiValleyKirtan/ I will be sharing my thoughts on Kirtans in this page. We all know that Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than […]