Music: Rag Desh performed by Anoushka Shankar

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  • Rag Desh - Anoushka Shankar
    • Instrumentation
      • Sitar -  a plucked stringed instrument with a long neck.
      • Tabla - a pair of drums. The right is called the dayan. The left is called the bayan which is larger so has a lower pitch.
    • Rhythm
      • 1st Tal used: Jhaptal, a 10 beat cycle
        • A Tal is a rhythmic pattern played on the drums. It is a cycle of beats that is repeated and improvised.
      • 2nd Tal used: Tintal, a 16 beat cycle
        • A Tal is a rhythmic pattern played on the drums. It is a cycle of beats that is repeated and improvised.
    • Structure
      • 1st: Alap - sitar only, slow and no regular pulse, introduces notes of the rag, melodic line is decorated with meends.
      • 2nd: Gat - tabla enters, sitar plays a fixed composition, sitar and tabla then improvise, end witha tihai a short melody or rhythm played three times, tempo increases.
      • 3rd: Jhala - music is fast and the sitar strings are strummed.
    • Melody
      • Based on the notes of the rag.
        • Ascending starting on middle C - C, D, F, G, B, C
        • Descending starting an octave obove middle C - C, B flat, A, G, F, E, D, C

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