Ragas at Fort Kochi

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A few abstracts of Fort Kochi which we shall be leaving after two weeks to head further south or the ‘dead end’ as Josey our taxi man refers to…. Fort Kochi is a very relaxing clean and tidy place to stay which also retains its traditional charm through the heritage buildings which are now protected. No new builds over three stories.

We have spent some time at the Katikali Centre run by a beautiful man called Sujindra who is Fort Kochi born and bred, since being here (poster below). The other morning we attended his Morning Raga Meditation Sessions with live sitar and tabla. The raga is one of the melodic modes used in Indian Classical music. A raga uses a series of five or more musical notes upon which a melody is constructed. However, the way the notes are approached and rendered in musical phrases and the mood they convey are more important in defining a raga than the notes themselves. In the Indian musical tradition, rāgas are associated with different times of the day, or with seasons. Indian classical music is always set in a rāga. Our personal raga (we were the only ones that turned up!) was a morning raga – it was a beautiful way to start the day at 8am all for just 200 rupees each (£2).We have also been immersing ourselves in Classical Dance and other concerts featuring the sitar and tabla.

Unfortuanely, he was telling us that in the past 8 years interest in the Keralan culture demonstrated is waning dramatically, seems in the main tourists are just now interested in eating, drinking and shopping, which is a great shame.

 

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