Have you ever tried learning music? Well, yeah that’s why you are here! People learning music for the very first time often get confused and stop learning. But don’t worry you have come up to the right place. 

Let’s try learning the basics of music from scratch so that you can have a clear understanding. Let’s start with one of the most important concepts: “Raag”.

What Is Raag?

Raag is a melody that is used to express emotion.. Now, if you’re thinking about what a melody is? Melody is an ear-pleasing combination of musical notes. In total there are 12 musical notes.

Raag is an integral and unique part of Indian classical music and doesn’t have any translation to western music. A Raag has a minimum of 5 notes and a maximum of 9 notes.

Types Of Raag?

Ragas are associated with the different times of the day and different ragas are sung at their defined time. A few ragas are also based on particular seasons like Gaud Malhar and Miyan Malhar Raag, they are sung in the monsoon.

It’s said that there are around 83 ragas in Indian classical music, but don’t worry you don’t have to learn them all! We are listing the main 6 ragas for you so that you can get started without any trouble!

Raag Yaman

Yaman is also called Kalyan which means “blessed” in Sanskrit. It belongs to the Kalyan scale. Raag Yaman holds its value in both Hindustani and Carnatic music. This Raag is performed from sunset to late evening. 

Learn Raag Yaman Part 1 here and part 2 here.

Yaman displays grace and beauty, as well as a sense of commitment and dedication. It’s a raga that symbolizes a complete surrender of all one’s possessions at the altar of whatever one’s calling may be, with no expectations in return.

Raag Bhairav

You know Raag Bhairav is the king of ragas! The Rishabh and Dhaivat employed in this Raag oscillate, which is well suggested in this Raag and intensifies the mood.

Learn Raag Bhairav here!

Raag Darbari

It is believed that Miyan Tansen brought Raag Darbari to Hindustani music from Carnatic music. Tansen was a composer in the emperor Akbar’s court in the 16th century. It belongs to the Asavari Thaat and is often linked to royalness

Raag Bhupali

Bhoopali is a Hindustani Classical Raga that is also known as Bhoop, Bhopali, or Bhupali. In Kalyan Thaat, Bhupl is a Raag. The scale is pentatonic. The Bhakti rasa is used in the majority of the songs in this raga. It belongs to the “Audav Jaati” of ragas since it employs five notes. In Carnatic music, the same raga is called Mohanam.

Raag Bageshri

There are several names besides Bageshree for this Raag like Bagesari, Bageshwari, Vageshwari, etc., and also there are a couple of options for Aaroh and Avroh. One Aaroh is already indicated above. Some maestros believe that Rishabh and Pancham should be Varjya in Aaroh, making it Audhav-Sampurna.

Learn Raag Bageshree here!

Raag Draupad

Dhrupad music is spiritual in character. The goal is not to entertain the listener, but to instill emotions of serenity and reflection in them. Dhrupad is made up of two words: DHRUVA, a steady evening star that travels across our galaxy, and PADA, which means poetry. It is a type of devotional music that may be traced back to the Sam Veda, an ancient scripture. The tune and rhythm known as Samgana were used to sing the SAM VEDA. 

Amazing, now you know the 6 basic Raag that you should start with. Let’s keep it to this much for today. Stay tuned for the next one!