Rag Desh

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  • Created on: 17-03-13 14:58
Rag Desh - What is a raga?
A set of ascending and descending notes which are combined to create a particular mood
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Rag Desh - Name 4 traditional instruments
Sitar, Tambura (tanpura), Tabla, Sarod, Sarangi, Bansuri
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Rag Desh - What is the sitar primarily used for?
Improvises the melody using a raga (sometimes includes a drone)
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Rag Desh - What is the tabla primarily used for?
Plays the main rhythm called a tala. Also improvises more complicated rhythms over the top
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Rag Desh - What is the tambura primarily used for?
Creates the harmony. Simple rhythmic pattern using 2 notes (drone)
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Name the four structural sections of a typical raga
Alap, Jhor, Jhala, Gat (bandish)
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Rag Desh - What happens in the Alap? (sec. 1 )
Sitar player introduces notes of chosen raga, no beat yet, tambura drone
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Rag Desh - What happens in the Jhor? (sec. 2)
Music speeds up, still tambura and sitar
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Rag Desh - What happens in the Jhala? (sec. 3)
A lot faster, players improvise around melody
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Rag Desh - What happens in the Gat (bandish)? (sec. 4)
Tabla comes in (introducing tala), group plays a pre-composed piece, improvisations on top
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Rag Desh - When is the rag desh supposed to be played?
At night during the rainy season
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Rag Desh - Define 'Sam'
The first beat of the rhythmic cycle (tala)
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Rag Desh - Define 'Matras'
Individual beats in the rhythmic cycle
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Rag Desh - What are 'bols'?
In a tala, the independent rhythm parts that go against the main beat, creating syncopations
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Sitar, Tambura (tanpura), Tabla, Sarod, Sarangi, Bansuri

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