INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Raga Vocals

 

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poohe
Raga Vocals Mar 10, 2003 10:41 p.m.


When an artist sings(vocally) a raga-what words are they singing. I mean, I understand the raga structure to be the same, but do they just sing the word "sa", "re", "ga" etc???

From a western perspective that is very different. Any good audio files to check out?
Pooheji

Lars
Re:Raga Vocals Mar 11, 2003 02:17 a.m.


Sometimes they are singing words, other times the notes, etc.
A good site to check out is www.sawf.org
Lots of sound samples, etc.

Lars

Amitava
Re:Raga Vocals Mar 11, 2003 10:49 a.m.


In South India, most single composition performances have words - with improvisation done in sol-fa. If an alaap/taanam (jor) is performed, meaningless words are used. In the north, Dhrupad vocalists take the same approach - but rarely use sol-fa passages. Instead the words of the composition are used for improvisation as well. In Khyal, the composition is just an excuse to convey the music. The words of the composition ends (or consist of)with vowels, which the artist stretches to convey the notes...so lots of aaaaaa. In thumri words are the primary medium to communicate the melody.

As Lars indicated...visit http://www.sawf.org/music/articles.asp?pn=Music and click on any of Parrikar's articles.

anahd
Re:Raga Vocals Mar 13, 2003 08:14 a.m.


My tabla techer was a singer by profession, and i picked up some stuff, she used a lot of Sa Re Ga etc.. for practise, but when improvisin a lot of Aaaaaaaa... but also the Sa, Re, i think it deppends pretty much on the type of song and performance.Also words. listen to Ustad Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan, hes not stricly north indian but from pakistan Qawalli music, they have words but when he improvises he moves to syllables.. amazing guy..
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