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Element Suite

by Raga Kids

Raga Kids creates original songs for kids of all ages, inspired by the ragas of Indian classical music and using sitar, tabla, bansuri, guitar, drums, bass, violin and more.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. Earth (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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2. Raga Desh (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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3. Water (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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4. Raga Bihag (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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5. Air (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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6. Raga Jog (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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7. Fire (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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8. Daad Song (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
4:17 $0.99
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9. Why Is a Wonderous Word (feat. Sameer Gupta & Neel Murgai)
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10. First There Was the Sound (feat. Neel Murgai)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
- Artists
Neel Murgai, sitar, guitar, vocals, cowbell, daf, bass
Sameer Gupta, guitar, tabla, vocals, drumset, tambourine, shakers, bass
Pawan Benjamin, bansuri, shennai, wurlitzer

Plus special guests (on First There Was the Sound)
Trina Basu, violin
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Marika Hughes, cello

Tr. 1-9 Recorded at Figure 8 Studio, Brooklyn NY in August 2019
Recording Engineer - Eli Crews
Editing, Mixing and Mastering by - Sameer Gupta

Tr. 10 recorded at East Side Sound in November 2014
Recorded, edited and mixed by Sam Crawford
Mastered by Kane Mathis

Raga Kids was started in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn in 2012 by Trina Basu, Sameer Gupta, and Neel Murgai who all draw from their experience in Indian classical music and many other music forms, including jazz, rock, Western classical, and more. They started off writing easy to understand songs for kids written in multiple languages and based on specific ragas and have been singing them in classes for toddlers and family concerts held regularly in the NYC area ever since. This album features the latest Raga Kids songs about the 4 elements, 3 short classical pieces to hear the ragas in context, plus a few other songs that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!

Ragas are the scales of Indian classical music and means “that which colors the mind”

Lyrics:

Earth: All about our Mother Earth! This song is written in one of the oldest musical forms created in the Americas by African-American musicians known as the ‘Blues’

When you’re walking on the land
The ground it helps us stand (repeat)
When you’re walking on the land
And a Canyon that’s so Grand, will crumble into sand
When you’re walking on the land.

Dance in the Sunshine, Love your Mother Earth
Dance in the Garden, Love your Mother Earth
Care for the Planet, Love your Mother Earth
Treat it with Kindness, Love your Mother Earth

When you’re standing on the ground
You can see the world is round
When you’re standing on the ground
You can see the world is round
On earth life is abound
It’s here we will be found
When you’re standing on the ground

Dance in the Sunshine, Love your Mother Earth
Dance in the Garden, Love your Mother Earth
Care for the Planet, Love your Mother Earth
Treat it with Kindness, Love your Mother Earth


Water: Set to Raga Desh. Pani in Hindi means water, but also Pa and Ni are the names of notes in the Indian scale. When you sing them you get...

Pani, Water, Agua, H2O
Pani, Water, Agua, Feel the flow
Pani, Water, Agua, H2O
Pani, Water, Agua, Feel the flow

We’re all made of water
It’s the source of life
Drink some when you’re thirsty
Wash away your strife

Go into the ocean
Come on let’s be brave
Get out with a shiver
Now let’s watch the waves

Pani, Water, Agua, H2O
Pani, Water, Agua, Feel the flow
Pani, Water, Agua, H2O
Pani, Water, Agua, Feel the flow

Air: Set to Raga Bihag. In a 7 beat rhythm cycle, we are taking this one slow to give you time to do the most important thing with air, breathing!

Air, it’s in the sky
Air, it helps us fly
Air, it’s all around
You hear the sound
Sway and feel the breeze
Stop and breathe the air

Breathe in
Breathe out


Fire: Set to Raga Jog. Fire is more than an element, it changes everything it touches. But always remember the most important thing about fire, don’t touch that!

Fire fire burning bright
Fire fire light our night
Fire fire you’re so hot
Fire fire crackle pop

Orange and red
Yellow and gold
Shining so bright
Keep back the cold

Don’t touch my flame
You could get hurt
But feel my warmth
Come from the earth

Fire fire burning bright

Fire fire in the sun
How are we gonna to get up there?
Don’t touch that!

Fire fire on the stove
Say it with me
Don’t touch that

Fire fire on a candle
What do you do?
Don’t touch that!

Fire fire in the fire place

What?
Don’t touch that!


Daad Song: Set to Raga Bhairagi. Daad is an Urdu word meaning praise. In concerts usually we want to be quiet and listen but when the musician plays something that moves us, sound your love and give daad today!

A-Ha
Kya baat hai
Wah wah
Yeh baat hai

If you wanna show some love
And you like what they play
Give a shout from your heart
And give Daad today

When the power of raag and
Soul makes you shout,
Here are some things you can say
I hope they help you out

A-Ha
Kya baat hai
Wah wah
Yeh baat hai

Some people they clap and
Others snap their fingers
When they hear the virtuosic
Fantastic melodic stingers.

But raga music and
Audience participation
Lifts up the vibe and
Brings the moment elevation

A-Ha
Kya baat hai
Wah wah
Yeh baat hai

If they play something nice
Like a tihai or a mukra
Or a bedam farmaishi
Chakradar that leaves you shook

You can do more than clap
When you're feeling the raga music
There's things you can say
So make sure you know to use it





Why is a Wonderous Word: Overtone singing lets us hear two or more notes at once in our own voices. This song is all about singing overtones using words and vowels sounds that we all are familiar with.

Why is a question that we ask all the time
But did you ever stop and ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee?

You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee
You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee
You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee
You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee

Why is a word with many vowels inside
Oo-oh-ah-a-ee
There are always many notes, not just one alone
The overtones over the drone

If you sing it slowly then you will know
Why is a wonderous word
If you sing it slowly then you will know
Why is a wonderous word

Why are you in such a hurry?
Everybody sing hurryrryrryrryrryrryrryrry
Slow down, you don’t have to worry
Everybody sing worryrryrryrryrryrryrryrry
No, you don’t have to be sorry
Everybody sing sorryrryrryrryrryrryrryrry
Swishing deep three pointers like Steph Curry
Everybody sing Curryrryrryrryrryrryrryrry
Leap up and shout hurray
Everybody sing hurrayrrayrrayrrayrrayrrayrrayrray

You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee
You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee
You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee
You only have to ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee

Why is a question that we ask all the time
But did you ever stop and ask oo-oh-ah-a-ee?
Why is a word with many vowels inside
Oo-oh-ah-a-ee
There are always many notes, not just one alone
The overtones over the drone

If you sing it slowly then you will know
Why is a wonderous word
If you sing it slowly then you will know
Why is a wonderous word
If you sing it slowly then you will know
Why is a wonderous word
If you sing it slowly then you will know
Why is a wonderous word

First There Was The Sound: In Hindu philosophy, Aum is the primordial sound that created the whole universe. It is still chanted regularly in temples and yoga classes and anytime you need to calm yourself down.

First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum
First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum
First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum
First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum

The universe was made from that sound
WIth billions of galaxies spiralling around

All the galaxies are made of stars
In the night sky you can see them from afar

Around our star the sun, is the solar system
All the planets spinning in eternal rhythm

On our planet mother Earth
You find all of us

We’re all made from the same star dust
We’re all made from the same star dust
We’re all made from the same star dust

First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum
First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum
First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum
First there was the sound
First there was the sound, Aum
Aum, Aum, Aum, Shanti

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