My friend Pavan pointed out that the google video link wasn’t playing anymore. So, reblogging with updated youtube link.
Originally posted on ಅಲ್ಲಿದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ:
The first time I came across the phrase ‘graha bheda‘ was in a book called Sangeetha Darpana by Prof. Ramaratnam. For someone who exactly knew the aarohana and avarohana of three or four raagas, a detailed discussion of graha bheda, it’s possibilities and limitations were too much to swallow. What? Getting Kalyani from Shankarabharana and todi?
Luckily, I had the luxury of having my grandma’s old harmonium at my disposal. Using that, and testing out some of the things in that book, I was able to make sense of what the professor was saying! But over the years, and after becoming a somewhat serious listener of Indian music, I am glad to say the topic excites me today, as much as it did so many years ago.
To cut a long story short, I was asked to present about some topic that could be of interest to students of music at Mahati School of Music in Cupertino, CA last week. And I chose to talk about graha bheda, as used in Karnataka sangeetha.