How to sing Ragas and how to improve Singing. The best 5 ways to improve your singing

Indian Classical Music 

Indian classical music takes a lot of efforts to sing and specially sing very well. Here are 5 most helpful techniques you can use to sing better.


1. Do not try very hard. 

One of the things most people forget while learning to sing is that learning to sing is more like going to gym and slowly building your muscles.  In singing, you need the same strategy.  You start first with easy singing and practicing the Alankaras and then slowly you grow your abilities to sing higher ranges. Trying extremely hard would put unnecessary pressure on your vocal chords and might result in physical damage to your throat. So give yourself time and practice in increasing levels of difficulties.

2. Drink a little warm water before practicing

Before you start practicing everyday, do not forget that keeping your throat wet and soft gives good results.  Drinking warm water helps activating and soften the throat muscles making it easier to uplift your singing ranges.

3. Practice different ranges 

When you started learning singing, very quickly try to figure out your higher range and lower range. After you have figured out your high and low range, always warm up in this range before you try to hit the ranges outside your own range. Often times, trying to sing the songs of singers whose voice matches your voice helps also.

4. Master lower range of your voice before the higher

After you know your singing ranges, it is relatively easier to increase the lower range of your singing as you don't have the risk of hurting your throat while attempting the lower ranges. Pick some Alankaras where you have lower notes and practice them.


5. Warm up (The most important)

Always always always warm up before you start singing. Nothing can give better results then a well warmed up throat. There are warm up exercises in the other post which you can also use. But never forget to warm up before your singing.


Bonus Point: 

Once I had my own performance for singing but before that there were other cultural events where I kept on cheering loudly. Which was very bad idea because by the time I was on the stage performing for my singing, my throat was already tired.  This was a very bad situation where I somehow made it. But I felt very stupid afterwards.



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Raga Desh, Desh: With Lakshan Geet, Notes and Bandhish with Download Pdf



Aroh: 
ni sa re ma pa ni sa

Avaroh: 
sa ni dha pa dha ma ga re pa ma ga re ga ni sa

Pakad: 
ma pa ni sa ra ni dha pa ma ga re,


Lakshan Geet #1
Guni Gaavat Raagini Desako,
Athi Madhura Madhur Dou Nishad Lai (antara)

Pa Ri Vaadi Samvaadi Sohat,
Chadhat Alpa Ga Dha Sab Kou Sammat,
Rain Din Jehi Gaavat jana (back to start)

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4 Reasons Why You Should Learn an Instrument as a Vocalist
Raaga Kalvati
Raaga Hameer

11 Best Ragas Used in Bollywood Movies
5 ways you sing better
Raga Kedar
Raga Bhoopali
Raga Durga
Raga Saranga
Raga Bhairava
Raga Des
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Which Raga should I sing during days and nights?

Raga Bhairav or Bhairava with Lakshan Geet and Bandhish with Pdf Download



Aaroh: 
sa re ga ma pa dha ni sa

Avaroh:
sa ni dha pa ma ga re sa

Pakad: 
ga sa re sa, ni sa ga ma pa dha pa, ga ma re sa


Lakshan Geet #1:
Jago Brijraaj Kunvar
Nandake Dulaare (Antara)

Jamunamein Genda Daar
Gvaal Baal Haare
Kali Bubhutkar Det

ShyamHi Eek Taare


Lakshan Geet #2:
Madhur Bhairavi Raagini,
Sur Laagat Mrudu Ri Ga Dha Ni
Praata Samaya Gaavat Guni (Antara)
Dha-Ga Vaadi Samvaadini,
Bhaktirasa Shrungaarini
Shiva Bhaamini Poojat Nit,
Shankar Him Dhaval Shikhar (Back to first)

Lakshan Geet #3
Chalo Hatho Girdhari,
Kahe Maari Pichakari (2)

Rang Mein Bhijo Dayi,
Chunaree Mori Saari,

Kunwar Shyam Mori Manate Nahi,
Baar Baar Samjhaye Mai Haari,
Kaa Ri Karoon Kachoo Ban Nahi Aaway,
Chala Baliyan Karata/ Aiso nipataye naari
Chalo Hato Girdhaari Kahe

ni sa ga ma pa dha pa ma ga re sa, (chalo hatho..)
ga ma dha ni sa ga re sa ni dha pa ma ga re sa ni sa,
ni sa ga ma pa dha pa ma ga ma pa ni dha pa ma dha pa ma ga re sa,
sa dha pa dha ma pa ga ma pa dha pa ma ga re sa ni sa ga ma pa dha pa ma pa ga ma pa ni dha pa,
pa ga re ga sa re ni sa, re sa ni dha pa, ni dha pa ma pa
ga ma dha ni sa
ga ma dha ni sa
ga ma dha ni sa

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Ashta Prahar in Indian Classical Music (Times of days) and Ragas for them

Time of Days in Indian Classical Music

Ashta Prahar: 
Ashta means Eight and Prahar means a period of 3 hours. As the day is divided in 24 hours it so do the prahar of each 3 hours and hence there are 8 prahars. And the duration from morning 6pm to the next day morning 6am is called Ashta prahar.

Praharas by time and ragas for each of them: 

Prahar 1 - 6am to 9am: 
Vairav, Bengal Vairav, Ramkali, Bibhas, Jogai, Tori, Jaidev, Morning Keertan, Prabhat Bhairav, Gunkali and Kalingara,

Prahar 2 - 9am to 12pm: 
Deva Gandhar, Bhairavi, Mishra Bhairavi, Asavari, JonPuri, Durga, Gandhari, Misra Bilawal, Bilawal, Brindawani Sarang, Samant Sarang, Kurubh, Devanagiri

Prahar 3 - 12pm to 3pm: 
Gor Sarang, Bhimpalasi, Piloo, Multani, Dhani, Triveni, Palasi, Hansknkini

Prahar 4 - 3pm to 6pm: 
Traditional Keertan of Bengal, Dhanasari, Manohar, Ragasri, Puravi, Malsri, Malvi, Sritank and Hans Narayani

Prahar 5 - 6pm to 9pm: 
Yaman, Yaman Kalyan, Hem Kalyan, Purvi Kalyan, Bhupali, Puria, Kedar, Jaldhar Kedar, Marwa, Chhaya, Khamaj, Narayani, Durga, Tilak Kamod, Hindol, Misra Khamaj Nata, Hamir

Prahar 6 - 9pm to 12am: 
Deshkar (Night), Desh, Desh Misra, Sorat, Bihag, Darsh, Champak, Misra Gara, Tilang, Jai Jawanti, Bahar, Kafi, Arana, Megah, Bagishari, Rageshwari, Malhal, Miya, Malhar

Prahar 7 - 12am to 3am: 
Malgunji, Darbari Kanra, Basant Bahar, Deepak, Basant, Gauri, Chitara Gauri, Shivaranjini, Jaitsri, Dhawalsri, Paraj, Mali Gaura, Maad, Sohani, Hans Rath, Hans Dhwani

Prahar 8 - 3am to 6am: 
Chandrakos, Malkos, Gopika Basant, Pancham, Megh Ranjini, Bhankar, Lalita Gauri, Lalita, Khat, Gurjari Tori, Barati Tori, Bhaopal Tori, Prabhati Kirtan



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What is Saragam or Sa Re Ga Ma? Where does Saragam or sa re ga ma come from?

What is Sa Re Ga Ma

In india, music Ragas may consist of up to seven pitches or simply sounds. These are in hindi (an Indian language) is called "Swara".

There are 7 Swara in Sargam and each of these swara has a name:
1. Sadj (Sa)
2. Risabha(Ri)
3. Gandhar (Ga)
4. Madhyam (Ma)
5. Pancham (Pa)
6. Dhaivat  (Dha)
7. Nishad (Ni)



The European or western equivalent version of these swaras is as follows:
1. Sa - do
2. Ri - re
3. Ga - mi
4. Ma - fa
5. Pa - so
6. Dha - la
7. Ni  - ti

Each Swara is also associated with sound and pictorial images:

Sa - Peacock's cry


Ri - Cow calling her calf

Ga - Goat's bleat

Ma - Heron's cry

Pa - Cuckoo's song


Dha - Horse's neigh


Ni - Elephant's trumpeting.







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