A 2 part documentary and companion study tracks, in English, Raga Revelry is a fun, accessible introduction to the centuries-old tradition of North Indian Classical Music, colloquially referred to as Raga music. Listeners and music practitioners benefit by having the structures of Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm) exposed, making this eternal sound accessible to any ear. Through music, Raga Revelry enables a tangible understanding of the philosophy underlying this ancient civilization. The educational quality of the film is endorsed by India’s premier national arts academy, the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
The viewer is transported to the heart of Indian culture through Vijay Kichlu’s journey to create a permanent sanctuary for this heritage. Kichlu, a renowned musicologist, is the recipient of India’s highest recognition for a practicing artist. Interviews and musical demonstrations from many current luminaries display the passion and reverence for this tradition and the love that has kept the music flourishing.
The film is tailored for educational audiences and would illumine lectures, discussions, installations, etc. on subjects related to South Asia, World Music, Art, Culture, Philosophy, Spirituality and Globalization.
The 30 chapters and 16 study tracks includes topics about: Influences and Expansion, Voice Production, Comparison to Western Music, Mastering Solpha Syllables, Improvisation, Introduction To Melody, Emotional Bond, Introduction to Rhythm, Vocalization in Rhythm, Introduction to Tabla, Tempo, Significance of the Listener, Rhythm and Melody, The Essence of Hindustani Music and more.