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Understanding Indian Classical Music

If you feel like you're in an alien country every time somebody discusses Indian Classical music around you, this could help.

Swars (or swaras)

Essentially, all of Indian classical music is made up of 12 notes. These are called swars (or swaras).
There are seven basic swars, one step away from each other.

1. Sa
2. Re
3. Ga
4. Ma
5. Pa
6. Dha
7. Ni