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The Ragas chosen for this course are variants of one parent Raga – Bilaval. With the addition of shades of other Ragas, new personalities have emerged in the forms of Ragas Devgiri Bilaval, Kukubh Bilaval, Yamani Bilaval . In this course you will explore the effect of these shades on the parent Raga Bilaval(Shuddha Kalyan and Kalyan to generate Devgiri, Yaman to get Yamani and Jaijaivanti to produce Kukubh) and the nuances that separate each Raga from the other in order to maintain a distinctive character and identity for each. All three Ragas are morning melodies and although the shades introduced into Bilaval, which is a morning Raga, are shades of evening and night Ragas, the end effect is a morning Raga persona. This principle will also be studied through these three Ragas. The comparative study of these Ragas rendered in different Gharanas, or Houses of music, will elucidate the study of these distinct Prakars or variations of Raga Bilaval. Theory – Gharana traditions, Bilaval Prakars, The Shuddh Swar Saptak of ancient times, Shrutis and placement of Shuddh Swaras among the 22 Shrutis

Course Format

Batch Size: 1

Duration: 12 weeks, one 45 mins lesson per week


  • To sing Swar Aalap in the Ragas Alhaiya, Devgiri, Yamani and Kakubh Bilaval
  • To learn a Bada Khayal with development in Alhaiya Bilaval
  •  To learn two Chhota Khayals in Devgiri Bilaval
  • To learn a Bada Khayal in Devgiri Bilaval with Badhat and Taan
  • To learn Chhota Khayals with development in Ragas Yamani and Kakubh Bilaval
  • To study the Bilaval Prakars as a blend of different Raga elements into the Bilaval Ragang

 Learning Outcomes

The student is able to

  •  To present Lecture demonstration on Bilaval ke Prakar.
  • To present Bada Khayals and Chhota Khayals in Alhaiya Bilaval and Devgiri Bilaval
  • To present Chhota Khayals in Ragas Yamani Bilaval and Kakubh Bilaval
  • To present a paper on the relevance of Gharanas

The student has completed HV404 at the academy OR the student has learnt Hindustani Vocal for at least 9 years. The student needs to fulfill the pre requisites set by the academy.

Alhaiya Bilaval
  • Review of Raga Alhaiya Bilaval
  • Raga characteristics of Alhaiya Bilaval
  • Bada Khayal in Alhaiya Bilaval
  • Chhota Khayal in Alhaiya Bilaval
Devgiri Bilaval
  • Introduction to Raga Devgiri Bilaval
  • Raga characteristics of Devgiri Bilaval
  • Bada Khayal in Devgiri Bilaval
  • Chhota Khayals in Devgiri Bilaval
Yamani Bilaval
  • Introduction to Raga Yamani Bilaval
  • Raga characteristics of Yamani Bilaval
  • Chhota Khayals in Yamani Bilaval
Kakubh Bilaval
  • Introduction to Raga Kakubh Bilaval
  • Raga characteristics of Kakubh Bilaval
  • Chhota Khayals in Kakubh Bilaval
Shuddh Swar Saptak
  • Shuddh Swar Saptak of the ancients
  • Bilaval as the Prakrit or Shuddh Swar Saptak
  • 22 Shruti names
  • Placement of Swaras
  • The process of Chtusaarana
Revisit Ragas Shuddh Kalyan and Jaijaivanti
  • Chhota Khayal in Shuddha Kalyan
  • Chhota Khayal in Jaiaivanti