Sitarist Sanjay Guha

The Music Room | Exploring Raga Further

We’re pleased to present the fourth episode of our series, The Music Room: When East Meets West. To tie in with the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s only opera Sukanya in May 2017, our ten-part mini-series aims to explore the dialogue between Classical Indian and Western music with the opera’s conductor David Murphy. Watch the fourth episode here:


In Raga Part 1, the opera’s conductor David Murphy introduced us to raga, which is a concept in the Indian Classical music tradition similar to the melodic mode. David Murphy explores harmony and scale and how these notions differ and connect in Indian and Western Classical music.


In part 2, David introduces Sargam – a method of defining the notes of a raga through spoken syllables. David shows how Sargam can be used to notate a western melody made famous by Mozart – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. ‘Sargam’ is further demonstrated through an exciting glimpse of Sukanya through a rehearsal. This excerpt is the Raga Yaman Kalyan. We are then introduced to the concept of meend, the sliding and gliding between notes that is the expressive heart of Indian music. This is demonstrated with Raga Kafi played by Sitarist Sanjay Guha.


The Bagri Foundation is delighted to support Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya, which the Indian music legend envisioned before his passing in December 2012 as a groundbreaking piece exploring the common ground between the music, dance and theatrical traditions of India and the West. This innovative co-production between the Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve will take open at Curve Theatre, Leicester on Friday 12 May 2017 with its finale on Friday 19 May 2017 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. We are very proud to be part of this amazing adventure to raise awareness and understanding of the arts of India and enable an innovative dialogue between cultures, traditions and art forms.

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