Raag Hindustani
© 2011, Sādhana

Welcome to Indian Classical Music

Hi there. My name is Sādhana, and you seem to have stumbled upon my website on North Indian (Hindustani) classical music.

Hindustani classical music is a very complex and beautiful tradition of music that goes back over 3,500 years, and since you're here, let me show you around.

Debasmita Bhattacharya (sarod)
Raag Bhimpalasi

The idea for this website came to me because I know many people who enjoy Hindustani classical music and would love to understand it better, but most of the information available assumes a certain basic familiarity with Indian classical music concepts to begin with. Also, people writing about Indian music in English sometimes use Western music terms, but they use them in the Indian sense, which can really confuse things.

So I decided to make an effort to explain the basic concepts of Hindustani music in a way that would not be confusing, using both authentic examples and simple audios with notations (both Indian and Western) for those who are interested. Even in simplified forms, Indian music is hard to notate because it uses a lot of ornamentation. But I think having a score, no matter how partial, is bound to be useful for beginners.

The sidebar (or menu icon if on a mobile device) is for easy navigation. I would recommend reading the pages in the order presented, as the concepts have been arranged to become increasingly clear as you go along, but feel free to go back and forth if you like.


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