The Music Room | What is Raga?

Check out the second 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 will explore the dialogue between Classical Indian and Western music with the opera’s conductor David Murphy. Watch the second film here: Music Room 2


In this second film, we introduce raga, 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. Using the Western violin, David shows how both ragas and western scales select notes from the harmonic series to create different atmospheres. This video also demonstrates Raga Hamsadhwani, ‘Raga of the Swan’ played on Indian violin by carnatic violinist Balu Raguraman.


The Bagri Foundation is delighted to support Ravi Shankar’s groundbreaking Sukanya, which he envisioned before his passing in December 2012 and outlined to his long-time collaborator David Murphy. Since, Murphy has worked with Shankar’s daughter Anoushka to bring the work to life. This innovative co-production between The Royal Opera House, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Leicester’s Curve theatre, interprets a story from the legendary Sanskrit epic of the Mahabharata.


Sukanya will open at the Curve Theatre, Leicester on Friday 12 May 2017 followed by performances on Sunday 14 May 2017 at The Lowry, ManchesterMonday 15 May 2017, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Friday 19 May 2017, at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.


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