A publication of the Batish Institute of Indian Music and Fine Arts
by Ashwin Batish
This is one of my favorite ragas. Its popularity in the West was probably boosted by the famous duet between Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin in their landmark album "East Meets West" back in the 60's.
This raga also has a lot of exciting possibilities for jazz musicians. You cannot really go wrong in trying to improvise in it. The notes will naturally follow in any improv passages. As a matter of fact, this raga is so easy that it is probably going to lull the average player into giving up and being creative!
The best way to get familiar with this and any other raga is to practice the heck out of the ascending and descending movements. These we call the arohi and avarohi. Each instrument has its limits but your job in getting to be an expert in this raga is to play to the limits of these limits.
Having said that, always try to start your practice slowly.
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