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CH – Raga CDs of the months (07/2016): Indian Swara-s – Mother Nature.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 25, 2016

IMC OnAir’s broadcasting “Indian Swara-s – Indian notes & Mother nature” purchase to our latest shows “music & language” where physiological aspects of listening music (part 1 of 2) and the sociology of music (part 2 of 2) have been lit up accousticaly and related our Western music culture with Indian classics.

Hereby we focused as priority onto the physical structure of music without the spirital dimension (reference: you can find the show”music & language” in our online media archive.)

dates of broadcasting…

25th July 2016 – 04:00 pm EST (10:00 pm CET) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
(premiere: 18th May 2010 – 09:00 p.m. CET @ TIDE Radio)
broadcasting plan | streaming (Internet Radio & Mobile Radio) | podCast

Listening to Indian Ragas can only be understood by giving attention some aspects of Hinduism to which on average more than 80% of all Indians belong. In study of Indian government in the year 2001 nevertheless approx. 1.03 billion Indians had been counted.

In Hindu mythology the seven (7) main notes of which a fully Raga scale can consist in its ascending and descending form are derivated from animal sounds and bird tweets. It is characteristic for the close bondage of Indian arts, music and dance with spiritualism.

Nature sounds gave inspirations for the ancient Raga compositions, not only as an interpretation of the sound environment of humans, who still felt embedded totally into nature differently than in our modern times. – Also this sound imitation made it possible for the listeners to proof the artists by a critical examination of the vocal qualities and instrumental skills and their exactness.

The seven so called Swara-s, in short form Sa, Re, Ga, Ma*, Pa, Dha and Ni have the same tonal sound equivalent of the Western octaves and comply with Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La and Si developed by Guido of Arezzo in the 11th century for the designation of the musical tones for singing (so called somalisation).

1st Sa


2nd Re


3rd Ga


4th Ma*
howl of the
moo of the cow for her calf or the chataka (bird kind animal) the baa of a wild mountain goat or a sheep call of the
 .  .  .
5th Pa
6th Dha
7th Ni
singing of the Indian
nightingale (or kokila)
croak of the frog in Indian Monsoon /
‘s wickering
trumpeting of
an elephant
(sources: Wikipedia)


The Ragas of North and South India which are presented today by the music maestros instrumentally or vocally consists of at least 5, 6 or 7 swara-s (see exception: broadcasting “5 minus 1: Raga Malashree“).


*) Ma (Madhyama) is the basic sound of nature, beside Aum (OM) as the eternal sound of the infinite universe.

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