for many years i have been looking for a style that i can really enjoy both listening to and playing, now i have found it in raga music. raga music is not one style but many. all the different schools and traditions teach their own styles, this makes indian classical music a huge tradition. it is not only huge but very old. i am not going into deep discussions about the age of this music, but its roots stretch all the way to the birth of music it self. raga music is about expressing moods and emotions. every raga has its own unique mood even though a musician will never play it the same way each time it is played.
My guru of raga music is ustad faiyaz ali khan, from varanasi, india. he comes from a family with strong traditions of music. he has played raga music for more than 45 years and has taught students for more thant 20. his knowledge of the ragas is so great that i expect to have him as a teacher for as long as he lives.
Sarangi is said to mean “one hundred colors” and is quite descriptive of its unique sound. the sarangi has normally 38 strings, three of them are thick gut-strings wich are played with fingers and a bow. the rest of the strings are sympathetic strings. as you play they will resonate and create smooth and rich sound. traditionally this instrument has been used for accompanying vocal artist, but now it is maturing as a fully fledged solo instrument.