Zakir Hussain Concert

Recently, I attended Ustad Zakir Hussain concert,  a stalwart with whom ‘Tabla’ term has been synonymized. When he was playing, and when it all got over, I realized my  pleasure hormone, may be dopamine, anticipating to have some more of it. Zakir Ji and Sabir Khan saab on saarangi started their scintillating performance in Raga… Read More »

Power of ‘Nritya’

An acclaimed Lucknow-based young Kathak Dancer Gaurav Sharma becomes a permanent Meera to marry his (her) Pakistani boyfriend: Indeed, music and dance has no boundaries which has the direct connection towards unconditional love. Sometimes, in today’s scenario, ‘unconditional’ also replaces the word ‘obsessive’. A dancer Gaurav Sharma, authored many books, has undergone around three sex… Read More »

Techniques To Sing Like A Star

You are ambitious, aspire to become a musician. You work pretty hard over particular songs, but are often told “Better luck next time..” Above all, the most disheartening aspect is when you get rejected by a few disastrous judges who actually do not possess the right kind of singing. In today’s scenario, the one who… Read More »

Pentatonic Ragas OR औडव जाति राग (Audav-Jaati Ragas) in Indian Ragas

As the name signifies, Pentatonic ragas are the ragas having the five-notes syllables in particular. In Hindustani music, there are primary three Jaati : Audav (Ragas having only 5 notes in ascend and descend both) , Shaadav (Ragas having 6 notes), Sampoorna (Ragas having all 7 notes); and nine sub-categories with all possible combinations of… Read More »

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Swar-O-Metre in Indian Classical Music

While practicing Indian Classical ragas, my mind often innovates a device which gives an accurate measurement of Swaras. Whenever I perceive the uncertainty or some inaccuracies in the rendition of  swaras while practicing swaras, I often wonder that there should be an instrument ‘swar-O-metre’ which can scan our voice while we sing and accordingly judge the notes… Read More »