Sunday, 6 December 2015

Balancing the duality

Music is dual in nature and needs a complementary character especially in rhythm. If there is a Main beat (Sum) there is one secondary main beat (Khali) to complement. If there is a dominant chord or vaadi swar there is a subdominant chord and a samvadi swar. If there is bass sound there is treble to complement. If there is a sharper note there is a flatter note too.

And just like any other art-form of dual nature for example photography where one looks for a balance of light and dark shades, color balance or for example 'life' itself, it is nothing but a matter of striking a right balance a right mix of those two aspects. Music is in finding the right balance of notes, tones, aaroha (ascent) and avaroha (descent) or bass and treble - just like one finds a middle path - a balance from two extremes in life. Life is balance, Music is Balance.

Friday, 30 October 2015

All Out for No Loss!

Boss, Worth all wonders and praises: here is 'Saskia Rao-de Haas' playing Indian Classical in her own uniquely wholesome Indian style, leaving aside all the slightest of indications of western origins of cello - as if it had been here with us for centuries, hidden in a dark corner - waiting for it's turn to be played out in hands of someone like Saskia.

It may need a centuries worth of efforts, listening and practice yet it all sound and look so effortless as if sheer talent is flowing from her hand  - from left to right and right to left of the cello bridge - carving it all round all indian and leaving the audience awestruck and enthralled - all out.. for no loss!!

Sunday, 12 October 2014 - production

Photographs : Medha Shukla

Music : Ruchir Vyas 

Quotes from Various sources

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Vasantatilaka - A Meter that rocks

How old is Rock music? 45 years? 60 years? .... 100? 200?

I would say even more,.. now, How is that??

Vasantatilaka meter is one of the old meters or Chhanda being used in Sanskrit Literature and verses,

The famous example of this is a prayer called 'Shakradaya Stuti', in Chandipaatha or the prayer of goddess..

This has been metered in Vasantatilaka. If you hear this, it is a meter in which the emphasising or main beat is not the 1st 3rd 5th and 7th but the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th one...

1       3   4    5     6    7   8  9  10 .....

which is a peculiar and basic characteristic of Rock..


Thursday, 10 March 2011

Lovely Hand-made Sketches From Pictures

Express your love, gift a handmade pencil sketch to your friend!!




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All you need is to send a digital copy of your nicely contrast-enhanced photograph or preferably a few photographs by placing an order with the 'Buy Now' button you find below this post.

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So, Here are a few examples of the sketches that I have made. The first one is from a picture of a young Indian couple in '70s. This was sketched with a pencil..

The second sketch is of musician A.R. Rahman,  This was made on canvas with pencil and charcoal. This sketch as well is from a photo.

Here a sketch of a young lady, these are also pencil only sketches.

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Sunday, 30 May 2010

Striking the right chord

How to decide which chord will fit where in the Song? Or, is there any rule for selecting the right chord for a particular part of the melody?

Answer is yes. You might have seen a number of people asking the chord progressions for their favourite songs on various music related forums. And for a musician, after some experimentations it is not difficult to find out which chord fits where into the song. But again, why only that chord is fitting to that part of the song and not the other one??

Here it takes some research.. Don't worry, I am going to keep it simple.

- Usually the right chord is the one which includes the note played on the main beat in that part of the melody..

So, for people who follow Hindustani notations.. The right chord is the one which usually is represented by the note played on 'sum' (as in 'Khali' and 'Sum'). 

So for example if you are playing  the DDLJ song Tuje dekha to yeh jana sanam..

For simplicity here we will consider just a part of the song.

The Song contains Sa; Re; Ga. (Komal); Ma; Pa;  Dha. (Komal); Ni. (Komal)

And following chords, 

1)     Cmin :Sa Ga.Pa      2) B flat Major : Ni.Re Ma   3) B flat Minor : Ni.RePa

Tujhe     dekha    to ye    jaana        sa   nam
Sa Sa    |Sa| Pa     Ma Pa     Ga.Ma    Dha.|Pa|
              1                 0                             2
             |Sa|Ga.Pa                       SaGa.|Pa| 
Pyaar      hota    hai   deewana         sanam
SaSa      |Sa|Pa   Ma    PaGa.Ma         Ga.|Re|
               3                     0                   4
             |Sa|Ga.Pa                       PaNi.|Re|
Ab       yahan     se     kahan     jaaye       hum
Sa       Re|Ni.|      Sa     Re Ni      Sa Ga.     |Re|
                5                    0                         6
          Pa|Ni.|Re                            MaNi.|Re|
Teri        baahon      mein     mar  jaaye     hum  ...
ReGa.     |Ma|  Ni.        Dha.     Pa   Ga.Ma |Pa|   Ga re Sa
                7                            0                8              0
             |Ma|Ni.Re                         SaGa.|Pa|

Isn't it simple??  

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

'Hindustani' Music : Indian Classical or Indian Jazz??

Some people confuse Indian Classical Music by comparing it with Western Classical Music. Infact they both belong to different genres. Indian Classical music relates more to western 'Jazz' music as it is an improvised (spontaniously rendered) music unlike western classical music which is usually precomposed music.

One of the famous examples of Jazz fusion is Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt and Rye Cooder's album 'Meeting by the River'. In this album both the slide guitar maestros improvise upon three songs and the first song starts with a faster tempo and the last one is a slower one, which sort of catches the flow of a river. This album won them the Grammy award for the best world music album.
Its a worth listening album for all the jazz and fusion music fans.

Monday, 20 November 2006

Hello World!

Something I'd posted 'Once upon a time..' about my music icon .. A R Rahman!

I am a hobby musician and a very big fan of A.R. Rahman's Music.
I would like to introduce to you Mr. Rahman.
I think the people who follow indian movies certainly know that he is one of the greatest musician ever happened to bollywood music industry and also to tamil cinema.

Rahman started his career into professional music with composing music for advertisements. Also he initially was working for Illyaraja who is also a famous and versetile music director of Tamil film industry.

From his exposure to professional music Rahman has gained a very comprehensive command over instrumental music. As a symbiosis of his genius, his playing skills and modern music making technology he has transformed completely the soul of Indian film and poppular music. He has catered very mesmorizing soundtracks in films Roja, Bombay, Sathiya, Gentlemen, Meenaxi and many others. Very peculiar features of Rahman's music are the appropriate use of Bass instruments and the variety of rhythm patterns used throughout the songs which gives a different dimension to his creations. Personally I like the following of his songs which I would also like to recommend.

1) Tuhi Re - (Sung by Hariharan and Kavita Krishnamurthy for movie Bombay)

2) Yeh Hasin Vaadiyan - ( S.P. Balasubramaniyam and Chitra for Roja)

3) Sathiya - The title song (Sonu nigam)

4) Hamma - (Remo Fernandiz for Bombay)

5) Jiya Jale - (Lata mangeshkar for Dil Se)

6) Muqabala Muqabala - (Film Humse hai muqabala)

7) Thirakkatha - (Film En Swasa Katri)

8) Noor-un-alah - (A Qawwali writtn by M.F.Hussain in film Meenaxi)

Thank You!
Though there can not be any comparison as they belong to different times, R. D. Burman was enjoying the same poppularity in India before him. The difference - R.D. Burman is has consistantly delivered good melodies like Is mod se jate hain (Andhi) or kuchh na Kaho (1942 a love story) while Rahman's strength lies in instrumental music.

I hope that music lovers found this article informative.

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