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by Alif Laila

Indian classical string instrumental music accompaniied by Indian drums with jazz like improvisations to depict the cycle of energy in raga music.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dawn (Raag Ahir Bhairav)
12:16 $0.99
2. Morning (Raag Komal Reshav Asavari)
10:56 $0.99
3. Afternoon (Raag Multani)
11:27 $0.99
4. Dusk (Raag Purvi Kalyan)
16:03 $0.99
5. Early Night (Raag Kedar)
12:23 $0.99
6. Late Night (Raag Jhinjhoti)
10:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel”, which is a symbol of the ‘cycle of energy’ and in a broader sense, the ‘cycle of life’.
The raag system of the North Indian classical music is based on the cycle of energy from dawn to night. The raag-scale, the characteristic phrases, the accents, the delay in a particular note, the slide & tempo of a phrase, emits the energy in relation to the time of the day.
I have chosen six raags to portray the energy cycle in relation to a 24hr day-cycle. In a deeper sense these are melodic representations of the ‘chakras’ within us and in the ongoing cycle of life.
In addition to the raag tracks, I have included my paintings in watercolor and other artwork to relate to the theme of this CD.


1) Raag Ahir Bhairav ~ Dawn

It starts with a slow Alap that gradually moves on to Jor Alap, portraying the peaceful energy of day-break.

Ascending: S r G m P D n S’
Descending: S’ n D P m G r S

2) Raag Komal Reshav Asavari ~ Morning

The raag begins with a short Alap and moves on to a Teentaal composition. The mood of the raag expresses the clarity and freshness of a new beginning in the morning light and air

Ascending: S r m P d S’
Descending: S’n d P m g r S

3) Raag Multani ~ Afternoon

The bright sun in the afternoon and the dazzling effect that it creates with its high energy is depicted in this medium tempo Teentaal composition. The sway of the notes mixed with the spark of melodic phrases bring about the mood of the afternoon light and shade.

Ascending: N S g M P n S’
Descending: S’ N d P M g r S

4) Raag Purvi Kalyan ~ Dusk

The transition from light to dark is the energy depicted in this raag. The combination of the sharp fourth note (M) with the sixth note (D) and the use of two fourth notes (m,M),in the descending scale, represent the subtle variety of colors and the moods of the sky at dusk.

Ascending: S r G M D N S’
Descending: S’ N D P MP Gm Gr S

5) Raag Kedar : Early night

The energy with the onset of the darkness in the sky, is portrayed in this raag with somber beauty. The delicate slides with the two fourth notes (M, m) in the descent, beautifully paints the romantic emotion of the melody. The smooth slide from the first note (S) to the fourth note (m) evokes a peaceful mood of the night.

Ascending: S m, m G P, M P D P S’
Descending: S’ N D P, M P D P m, P m R S

6) Raag Jhinjhoti : Late night
The sparkle of the dancing star- lights of the late night sky is well depicted in this raag composition in Addha Teentaal (a bouncy variation of the Teentaal). The melody depicts the playfulness and the sweet romance of the night.

Ascending: S R M P D S'
Descending : S' n D P m G R S

The seven notes of the Indian classical scale are Sa Re Ga ma Pa Dha Ni Sa’ abbreviated as S R G m P D N S Ni Sa’

Recording info:

The recording was done in Audio Center, Kolkata, India in January , 2014

Sound Engineer: Shafiqur Rahman
Graphic design and photography: Ryan smith
Artwork: Alif Laila

Alif Laila
Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Laila began the formal study of sitar under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Ustad Allaudin Khan. She further continued under the tutelage of Partha Chatterjee, Krishna Bhatt and Kushal Das. Also an accomplished painter, Laila has a BA degree from the College of Fine arts in Dhaka. She has toured worldwide and performed at numerous prestigious venues - recorded and performed with world renowned tabla artists -collaborated with South Indian classical, Jazz saxophone and world percussion- composed music for Cello and dance. Her audio visual sitar concert with her water color paintings has been presented in major venues the USA, the UK and Bangladesh. She has founded the ‘Sitar Niketan’, her music school, in the US in Feb. ’15.

Anubrata Chatterjee
He is the son of the world renowned tabla maestro Pt. Anindo Chatterjee.
Anubrata had the good fortune of being the youngest and last disciple of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh. Chatterjee has performed worldwide with India’s leading maestros. He has played in festivals like The Jerash Festival , Jordan, Corfu Festival Greece, etc. His world percussion group called Taal India presents a blend of traditional and new-age music.



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