Welcome to Ragatip
We want to grow the audience that loves Indian music.
Ragatip has been curated to help newcomers and connoisseurs to explore and better understand some of India’s oldest traditions.
- Early explorers: the first Indian travellers to Britain (1600-1900)Today, nearly two million Indians live in the United Kingdom – around 1 in 40 of the nation’s total population. While the vast majority arrived in multiple waves of post-WW2 migrations, Subcontinental travellers had been reaching and settling in Britain for at least 350 years before this. Here, we take you on a brief tourContinue reading “Early explorers: the first Indian travellers to Britain (1600-1900)”
- What is Khayal vocal music? What happens at a Khayal concert?Khayal translates from old Persian as ‘imagination’. A khayal concert is about finding freedom through the voice, showcasing dramatic, elastic improvisations that push at the outer edges of what you previously thought was possible. North India’s classical singers have an unparallelled command of high-register acrobatics, with an approach influenced by Vedic temple chanting, Islamic devotionalContinue reading “What is Khayal vocal music? What happens at a Khayal concert?”
- Profile: Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, ‘benevolent ruler’ of the Carnatic saxophoneDr. Kadri Gopalnath, the pioneer of Carnatic classical saxophone, sadly passed away in October 2019. He had first found his curious calling at the age of eight, becoming enraptured by the sax after hearing one at his local temple in Mysore. The temple’s band were personally sponsored by none other than the region’s Maharaja, himselfContinue reading “Profile: Dr. Kadri Gopalnath, ‘benevolent ruler’ of the Carnatic saxophone”
- Rabindrasangeet: the songs of Tagore, a broad-minded Bengali icon“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time” Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) The songs of Bengali icon Rabindranath Tagore are collectively known as Rabindrasangeet. Western writers, ever-prone to compress Indian phenomena into their own pre-shaped boxes, often describe Tagore as the ‘Indian Shakespeare’ – although the Bard’s interests wereContinue reading “Rabindrasangeet: the songs of Tagore, a broad-minded Bengali icon”
- Profile: Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Benares tabla powerhousePandit Kishan Maharaj (1923-2008), a fearsomely gifted tabla master, left a firm stamp on the world of 20th-century Indian percussion. Born in Benares, he grew to embody the best elements of the holy city’s famous gharana, blending powerful rhythmic explorations with a sensitive command of the tabla’s melodic, vocalistic capabilities. Born into a long line of musicians,Continue reading “Profile: Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Benares tabla powerhouse”