Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Ragas and Talas

Lately I've grown more interested in Indian music. I've been listening some records by Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Ustad Allah Rakha and Ustad Sabri Khan. I highly recommend them.

Indian classical music is mostly improvised on the basis of a raga and a tala. Ragas provide a set of rules to construct melodies, while talas define the rythmic patterns.

The sitar is a quite alien instrument to the Western ear. A distinctive feature of the sitar are the sympathetic strings; they are tuned according to each particular raga and resonate in sympathy with the main strings, adding harmonic overtones. Also, very expressive microtonal variations are achieved pulling or bending the strings.


Anonymous rashel said...

if you like sitar you should check out ;)

4/29/2007 3:03 PM  

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