Vandana Shourie: contemporary Indian art

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Acrylics on Canvas

The origins of Indian Classical Music can be found from the oldest of Scriptures as part of the Vedas.
The Samaveda , one of the Four Vedas, describes music in length.
Indian Classical Music has its origins as a Meditation tool for attaining Self Realisation.

All different forms of the melodies (ragas) are believed to affect various 'chakras' (energy centres) or moods in the path of the Kundalini.
Samaveda created out of Rigaveda so that its hymns could be sung as Samagana.
The beginning is a slow elaboration of a raga is known as Alaap.
It is of a slow movement, free of rhythm, it elaborates the musical ideas on the melodic axis, where the essence (rasa) of the aesthetic content or emotional appeal is slowly handed out to open a window for showcasing the salient features of the Raga.

The word Alaap means --a dialog or conversation.
It is between the musician and the Raga.
Alaap reflects the depth, the temperament, creativity and the training of the musician.

Alaap is usually sung in Akaar (without pronouncing any syllables), only using the sound 'aa' of the vowel. Opening a window to start to improvise each note gradually.