Premakumara Das | Raga of the Soul

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Raga of the Soul

by Premakumara Das

Take the Ancient musical intonation as foundation. Then build in up Ancient Ragas, Indian melodies. Finally add the most powerful maha-mantra as special ingredient. Health, relax, inner peace, deep meditation and bliss will follow. Your heart will dance.
Genre: Spiritual: Mantras
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Probhati Raga
9:16 $0.99
2. Gandhari Raga
8:06 $1.99
3. Bhairavi Raga
8:43 $0.99
4. Yaman-Kalyana Raga
8:24 $0.99
5. Bhupali Raga
8:04 FREE
6. Sahana Raga
9:07 $0.99
7. Darbhari-Kanada Raga
8:33 $0.99
8. Sivaranjani Raga
8:28 $0.99
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Music in ancient India was regarded as means of divine contemplation and bliss.

A particular song must be composed using a particular Raga (melody), a particular Tala(rythm) and has to invoke a particular Bhava (sentiment). Fundamental to evoke the desired feeling is to respect the precise intonation based on a defined set of shrutis (particular tones or audio frequency). If that is done correctly the raga evokes a particular rasa, or sentiment directly in the heart of the listener.

In the Indian tradition the seven notes of the octave (saptaka) are taken to be further subdivided into 22 srutis. Indian music was in its origin microtonal. Shrutis are the basic (non-uniformly distributed ) intervals on which the Indian musical scale rests. Shrutis are the foundation of Indian (originally microtonal) music. In western music we used 13 (equitempered semi-tones) intervals from the tonic and the octave. In Indian music we use 22 intervals of the octave, 22 shrutis. Pitch relationships are at the heart of composition and improvisation in the large majority of musical cultures. The tuning system plays an important role in these relationships, deeply influencing many musical qualities such as mood, consonance or timbre. Current technologies allow for a more empiric and quantitative analysis and use of the different tunings that enrich our musical experience, specially those used by non-Western cultures or the ones which substantially differ from equal temperament (EQ).

This album is the fruit of a deep study of Indian intonation. All the instrument used in the album's compositions are tuned accordingly with the particular raga sung.

A raga is a melodic structure with fixed notes and a set of rules characterizing a certain mood endorsed through performance. Some of the ragas have been linked to the seasons. Classical musicologists have assigned a specific time to the performance of a raga.

In the system of Indian aesthetics, there are nine emotions called nava rasa. These are: sringara, romantic; hasya, humorous feeling; karuna, compassionate; rudra, fury; vira, heroic; bhayanak, fear or terror; vibhatsa, disgusting; adhbuta, wonder; shanta, peace. Each raga is supposed to evoke a single emotion

With the help of modern digital science all this album, Raga of the Soul, is entirely composed using the correct frequency of the shrutis and the right scales of the ragas. This concerns application of old musical scales, exact intervals of which are impractical by acoustic means or modern western instruments, but more easily achieved through digital sound processing. Right intonation is fundamental for the purpose of creating the most deep musical experience and the most deep feelings. Ancient Indian music could create very powerful combination of sound. It is said that Tansen, a famous musician of the court of Emperor Akbar, had the power to bring about rainfall with raga Malhar and create a fire with raga Deepak.



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