Comparing the 3 Rag Desh's.

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MUSICAL ELEMENT VERSION 1 VERSION 2 VERSION 3
Different INSTRUMENTATION Sitar Sarod, Sarangi, Pakhawaj, Bansuri, Esraj, Shruti Box,
7 main strings and 12 Small Cymbals, Voice Swarmandel
sympathetic strings
Same INSTRUMENTATION Tabla Tabla Tabla
All contain a PLUCKED STRING Sitar Sarod Swarmandel
INSTRUMENT
Two versions contain a BOWED Sarangi Esraj
STRING INSTUMENT
All versions use MEENDS - slides Sitar Voice Bansuri
and pitch bends
All have a DRONE played on Sitar Sarangi and Sarod Shruti Box
different instruments
Same DRONE NOTES Tonic and Dominant Tonic and Dominant Tonic and Dominant
Similarities in STRUCTURE Alap, slow tempo no pulse. Alap, slow tempo no pulse. Alap, slow tempo no pulse.
Differences in STRUCTURE Gat Bhajan Fast Gat 2
Jhalla
Composed section Gat Sung verse which is Gat
repeated several times
Elements of VIRTUOSITY Sitar improvises on the Gat Voice decorates important Bansuri plays fast scales (tans)
in a virtuosic way. words with ornaments, trills in the Gat 2.
and melismas.

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Similar starting tempo. Slow Slow Slow
All versions contain TEMPO Slow to start Slow to start/ rubato Slow tempo to start
CHANGES Moderate tempo in the Gat Slow tempo in Gat 1
Fast tempo in the Jhalla Faster tempo in Gat 2
Based on the same RAGA RAG DESH RAG DESH RAG DESH
All contain IMPROVISATION Melodic improvisation on the Melodic improvisation ~ voice Melodic improvisation on
Sitar. bansuri and esraj.
Pre-composed melody.…read more

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Indian Vocabulary
Tans - fast scales
Meends - slides and pitch bends
Tals - cycle of beats
Matras - the set number of beats
Sam - first beat of the cycle, often stressed by musicians
Gat - fixed composition
Raga - the scale on which the improvisations are based
Audience can join in with the claps and waves - emphasising the Tal…read more

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Monsoon season = June - September
Music is learnt through ORAL TRADITION…read more

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