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Sitar player, Shalil Shankar performs an improvisation on a raga. He explains that a raga is a melody based on scales which follow certain rules. He also demonstrates the basic scale and performs an improvisation based on the Basant Mukhari raga, or morning raga.
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21 September 1992

Classroom Ideas

Students could use this clip when studying the World Music strand of the GCSE syllabus. Ask students to name the instrument being played and the techniques mentioned by the performer. Students could then compose their own 8 note raga using a keyboard or xylophone. They could compose a drone, melody and even add a rhythmic tabla part

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