Ragas are derived from scales, so let’s begin by trying to understand what a scale is.

A scale is a musical theme created by choosing a specific set of notes. Think of the twelve notes in an octave as twelve different colors. Now, what if you chose only a few of those twelve colors for a painting? That would be like giving yourself a color scheme. You could create an endless number of beautiful paintings with this color scheme. Every time you paint with it, the result could be something different. And yet, all of those paintings would share a…


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