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Posts by Rahul:

    Morning Raagas Update

    January 7th, 2024

    Updated Raag Jaunpuri with some more compositions and information

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    The Search for Sa

    August 12th, 2023

    It is said that all Hindustani classical music is a search for Sa, Shadaj, the base note.

    No matter whether your chosen style is:


    Deep introspective progression, slow, relaxed, unhurried, meditative, noting every micro tone as you traverse the raag

    In this type of music, we spend a great deal of time building the foundation of Sa (called zameen /farsh bandi) – which means build the base/floor before traversing up the note tree.

    In the newly created genres that I have named

    Pop classical:

    Rapid fire acrobatics showing how fast you can shred/sing designed to provoke applause

    Rock classical:

    Loud and furious with periodic explosions, hard hitting western arpeggios and warfare with percussion

    while people may fleetingly go past Sa and not dwell there,

    You always start from Sa and to Sa you shall return.

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    Sarod on National TV in Australia

    April 2nd, 2023

    As part of the publicity for the Melbourne International Festival of Hindustani Classical Music, I participated in a live interview both on ABC TV and Radio National on 10th of March 23. There were no prepared questions.
    The show is watched by around a million viewers on weekdays, so it was good publicity. Personally it felt great to have so many people hear the sound of the sarod !

    Here is the interview:

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    First Post for 2023: Raag Pilu

    January 10th, 2023

    Happy New Year !

    My aim yet again is to publish more frequently. To that end, I recently uploaded a Youtube Video with compositions in Raag Pilu and provided some information about them. I had first written about Pilu in 2012 !

    You can view the post here: https://sarod.com.au/raga-pilu/


    Pandit Ravishankar Lecture Demonstration

    February 19th, 2022

    I have added English subtitles to an audio recording of Pandit Ravishankar’s 1982 lecture demonstration at Rabindra Bharati University.

    He covers a wide range of topics. On the sarod is (probably) Ud Ashish Khan. The tabla player remains unidentified

    This is part of my effort to bring such material in Indian languages to those who speak English

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    Why Ragas Are Not Scales or Modes

    January 30th, 2022

    After watching a lot of videos on the internet where Raags (mispronounced as Ragaas) were constantly compared to scales and modes, I decided to post a short video on the origins of the raag, the philosophy and framework behind the raag and how notes etc fit into the raag structure


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    Added page for Raga Jaijaiwanti

    January 12th, 2020

    Happy New Year everyone…

    We start off this year by looking at the beautiful raag Jaijaiwanti



    Some clips from recent performances

    October 27th, 2018

    I have been very slack in updating this site… here are some clips from recent performances in Singapore and India

    First, Raga Durga with Shri Durjay Bhaumik in New Delhi India, at my friend Subir’s place

    I had published information about Raga Durga and their notations in 2012, in one of my earliest posts:

    Raga Durga

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    Rare Ragas: Chhaya, Chhayanat and Nat

    May 4th, 2018

    Just created a page to discuss these rarely ragas on the sarod these days:

    Rare Ragas: Chhaya, Chhyanat and Nat


    New Raga: Raga Shahana

    April 2nd, 2018

    Created a page with some videos to discuss the beautiful and stately raga Shahana :

    The majesty of Shahana

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