Elements of a Raga
- Melody - improvised from notes of a raga. Sung or Played.
- Drone - 1 or 2 notes from the raga. Usually on Tambura.
- Rhythm - repeating pattern, tala on tabla drums.
The Melody - Rag
In between a melody and a scale it goes up and down but the notes are different in each direction, 5-8 notes.
Indian music is a linear concept (melody is of main imprtance). The drone is played on a Tambura and is usually notes 1&5 from the Raga. It's main function is to add texture and a reference point for the melody.
Tabla drum plays a repeating cycle. Most common is the 'Teental' each beat being a 'Matras'
Form of a Performance