Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Sa Re Ga

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Da Ni Sa are the ancient Sanskrit names for the seven basic notes of the musical scale ( akin to the Doh Re Me of the Western musical tradition). Unlike in Western music, these notes are actually voiced when singing the Indian Raga, which is mainly improvised around various combinations of this scale.

Using Sa Re Ga as a basis, it does not take long before we can sing simple improvisations within this structure. Although Sa Re Ga is naturally associated with Raga it also lends itself to creative improvisation in other non-Indian genres and is a central facet to all the work done in our workshops.