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The music of North India is mesmerising, and shrouded in tradition and culture. There, raga is the art of life - it is the music of the mind. The tracks in this album focus on three instruments - the tabla, the alap and the voice - all central to the existence of Raga. Each instrument is broken down into the individual sounds that make up the intricate compositions. Performances on all three complete this introduction to the fascinating sound of Raga. This material is drawn from The Open University course AA317, Words and music.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 25 mins
  • Updated Monday 8th March 2010
  • Posted under Music
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Track 1: Indian Raga Music

A short introduction to this album


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Indian Raga Music    A short introduction to this album Play now Indian Raga Music
2 The Tabla    Musician Shubhasis Bhattacharjee describes the Tabla, and how it is played. Play now The Tabla
3 Tabla Solo    Shubhasis Bhattacharjee shows how compositions are put together using the Tabla and his voice. Play now Tabla Solo
4 The Alap    Debashish Bhattacharjee plays alap and sings. He explains the story behind the music, what it means to the performer and how the style has spread through generations. Play now The Alap
5 Bata Chalata: Composition    Composition in Indian music, looking at equal footings to both instrument and voice. Play now Bata Chalata: Composition
6 Voice and Instrument    The difference between voice and instrument, and their different qualities. Play now Voice and Instrument
7 Vocal forms    The differences between each method of playing the instruments. Play now Vocal forms

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