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Here are some of the viewers' feedback. Thanks to all of them.

Keep up the good work. Just wanted to let u know that u are doing a good job and a good service for those who care for Indian Music.
Kirit Jha
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I am interested in Kathak lessons and had sent a email 3 weeks ago.  A response is eagerly awaited.
Pam
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Dear madam,
Let me have the liberty of  introducing myself.Like you, I am Indian and an admirer of Indian music.I live in India,in state of Punjab. I am a telecom engineer and employed as Sr Manager in a state govt. company near Chandigarh. Madam, I visited your site Raagmala and found it very interesting the way you introduce Indian Raags to people ,specially through popular hindi songs.Similar to your data on web, I have collected a large amount of data of hindi songs based on Raags.I donot have training on Indian Classical music.Music has been my hobby right from childhood,but I never had anopportunity to learn Indian Classical music.My data is based on various music books ,periodicals,radio programmes,TV programmes and interviews of famous Music directors,journalists,performers.I have collected it over many years of hard labour.I am sending you some songs based on raag Darbari Kanhara.Some of them might be already on your web site. Madam, I will be happy to correspond to you on this subject further.My interest is Hindi & other popular as well as Lokgeets based on Indian Raags. As this is a simple way to know vast Indian Heritage hidden in raags,which no country in this world can boast of.I am proud of Indian Classical Music. I sincerely hope that you,as a highly learned & talented artist,will help me and continue dialog with me.
Regards,
Neeraj Sullhan
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Hi,    
Went through your page. One request to you. Please include the sthai and antara part of each raga, and also one or two compositions based on them. I would like to know if you can send me notations/notes for some popular old Hindi songs? I am learning to play classical music on Hawaiian Guitar and would like to try playing some old popular Hindi songs. I hope to hear from you.  

Regards,
Alka
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hi, i am quite impressed to see your work. my name is vinay and i am deeply interested in indian music, especially indian classical music (both uttar hindustani and carnatic). the missing names of the films for those songs listed in the web site devoted to songs based on ragas can be easily furnished. may i be of some help? as a starter, a suggestion i request you to give the names of the singers and music director.[ (f) : film, (s) : singer, (md) : music director. thank you, and best wishes for your good work.
vinay
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Hello,
I am interested in taking Kathak lessons, but have had no previous experience in learning traditional Indian music or dance.  I am wondering if you offer any beginner classes.  If so, would you please send me the schedules,  and perhaps an estimate of the costs?
Thank you,
Tia Sircar
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Dear Gargi,
I am an avid classical music  buff and it was a pleasure to visit your site and discover that you too are steeped into Classical music and dance.Have you released any cassettes of yours (vocal music) as I do not seem to have heard about you .Do tell me the names of any cassettes that you may have released here. All the best and regards,
Ranjini
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Dear Gargi,
Congrats on the great work you have done to set up this page. I have just been given the address and am going thru it slowly as there is a lot of content! Will be pleased to help with info as and when I can. A word of advice from you - have you considered adding real music to your site? It would
be a real asset.
Regards,
S. Chawla, Montreal, Canada
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To Gargi Didi,  
Nomoshkar, Ami Soumitro bolchi ! I was very glad that you did'nt have any opposition to my ideas, as most people usually do. I guess thats because you are an artist yourself and have learnt classical Music and Dance. By the way are you in India or abroad ?
Thanking you. Bye now !
 
Best wishes,
Soumitra
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your compilation on nazrulgeeti-raag is great! I am wondering whether you would know what raaga the songs titled "mala g(n)aatha sesh na hote tumi ele ghore" and "sahyon ashilo phire" are composed in?
thanks!
Partha
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Hi Gargi,
I visited your home page today,, an excellent page to get information about Indian Music.
Keep up the good work!!!
Kishore
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Hello Gargi,
I enjoyed visiting your informative page on Indian Classical ragas. You have done a great job by including raga based songs of Kazi Nazrul on your home page ( I didn't see it in any other webpage). It would be nice if you could put some Rabindra Sangeet based on Ragas. I'll visit your page again in future.
Thanks a lot.
Hemanga
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Dear Sir,    
Where on  the internet can I get the notations of Hindi songs.
 Kindly let me know.
Thank you,
   
Dr. Anupama
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Dear Ms. Bagchi,
My name is Nariman, and I am in Bombay.
My wife is a musician ("western" choral music) and conductor.   Very often, Indian composers write music especially for us, like Vanraj Bhatia, and often use Hindustaani Raag, or Carnatic systems.   I happened on your site while searching for notations of various raags, and stumbled by accident on to a MOST useful mine of knowledge, very easily explained.   Especially useful were the midi-files of the thaats.  BUT, Kalyan COULD NOT BE FOUND!!!  I realised that some of the raags in the raagmaalaa are not alphabetically listed, so I went looking up and down; but Kalyan (or Kalyani ??) eludes me.   This is NO complaint; of course not! I just thought I should point it out to you. We shall be visiting your site often, I think.... So till then, accept our sincerest congratulations.
Nariman (& Coomi) Wadia
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Sir,
I am Srinivasa Raghavan from India. Presently, now I am in Japan. I saw your page in the net. It is really very good. I came to know many raga names by your page. Sir, I am learning flute. I don't know many informations or details regarding the ragas which you have told in your mail. I am very interested to know those information about ragas. If you help me by anyway, I 'll be highly oblidged to you. I want to know the ragas from the basic. Hope you help me in this regard.

Eagerly waiting for your reply.
With Regards,
Srini
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Hi I was on Internet and came across your site. I am from India and I wanted to learn how to play gittar or casio. Please give me you advise from whom can I learn this in New Jersey. Or Is there any other way I can learn.
Thank you very much.
Piyush Patel
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Dear madam,

I have certain comments on the list of  various songs based on hindustani ragas.  First of all i want to congratulate you for your wonderful efffort. The lists for tagore songs, hindi film songs and nazrul songs is really extensive. But i have certain queries regarding the classification of the songs.  First of all i am ready to admit that while putting tune to lyrics and getting it sung by the playback singers, it  may not be always possible to keep the form of the raga as pure as it is done in a  standard classical  rendition and in certain cases a certain amount of deviation from the standard scale is also permissible. But in certain cases the catch phrases, the vadi and samavadi swaras and certain other definite characteristics are completely ignored in the tunes. Only the scale matches with some raga. My question is whether it is advisable to call that song to be based on that raga. For example take the song "Adha hai chandrama". Although the scale might match that of malkauns, it nevertheless bears little resemblence to the aforementioned raga with respect to the movement, pakad and other characteristics. As another instance the song "Raina biti jaye" bears little resemblence to Todi in the respect of movement as well as mood. In the same way the song "Mohobbot ki jhooti kahani" does not bear much of a likeness to jounpuri. The song "Tere naina talash kar hame" also falls in the same category,  it does not have the distinctive elongated "pa -re " meend which any chhayanat composition must be having. In this cases will it be right to classify the songs the way they have been done? Anyway, i am not sure about any of the songs mentioned above as i myself am a novice in these things. I only raised my doubts and i hope you will not be offended.
With best regards,
Soumen
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Dear Sir,  

Your efforts to list all the Indian ragas are appreciated. I hope you will add more ragas to the list sush as Bageshwari, Kedara etc. Also it will be good if all the ragas' ascending and discending notes are made listenable through the MIDI player.  
25th Oct,1998 
With Regards,
 
 Farid.M
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Dear Gargi,
Good job so far. There are still hundreds of songs out there which are not on your list. I believe it would be a good idea to list them for your viewers with a clickable page titled "list of the unknowns" or some such. May be some of them can find the raag or take the list to some expert they know.
That is it for now . If you think this is a good idea I will work on lists of Gazals, Bhajans and other songs.
Abhijit Shukla
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Gargi,
congratulation for providing such a valuable information. This is really an extensive exercise.
Rasheed Akhtar
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hello i really enjoyed your list of songs by ragas....my hats off to you...good job...and thank you
Eksaheli
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It really is a great site. I, being a student and an avid music lover myself, liked your site a lot. I don't have a lot of knowledge in Indian classical music yet, but there is a small thing that caught my eyes. I would appreciate if you would verify. I do realize it's hard to spell Hindi words in English. The name "Majh Khamaj" seems different than what I knew it to be. I thought it was Manjh Kamaj. Again, I don't know much to go around pointing out spellings of Raags.   I don't to be offensive in any way. The tone of my letter is meant to be as humble as a student of music could sound.   Again, you did a great job. I will visit you from time to time for updates, so that I can enhance my knowledge in this field. By the way I am trying to learn Santoor. So far my teacher is Pundit Shivkumar  Sharma's numerous Albums (unfortunately, for me, not HE himself in person). If you have any suggestions for me or any information I would greatly appreciate it.   Thank you very much.  
Richard Gomes
(Bangladeshi, living in NY)
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Cong for your site !

Philippe MARADAN - France
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HI!
Hello...i am a 15 year old boy and i am indian my name is Praneil.I visited your raags site and i think it is the best raags site i have visited.I was searching fo a ragas note for my belovered farther.See i play tabla and llearn it to and my dad sings and learns it to.I was
after the note for raag KEDAR or i think its spelled like KEEDAR.I need that note for it because my dad is trying to learn a song that has that raag and its a 16 beat song(teental).So if you could send me the notes A.S.A.P......i will really appreaciate it.....thanks. And could you please send some other sites with raag notes to me too
cause i can hardly find any thanks.......My dad will really appraciate it to.
            Guest on your site-------praneil, dad-anil......THANKS!
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I am a software engineer, very much interested in hindustani music. I am currently working on introducing the Hindustani music into   Mandolin a instrument which is my secodn life. I went through your site. Good job. My heartiest wishes for all the success for your esteeemed endeavor to promote the cult of hindustani music. Just thought I will mail you. If you could spare time to mail me back and be my mail freind, please reply. I keep in touch with major assciations in bangalore puna. Its now my aim to keep in touch globally.
With best regards,

Vande Mataram,
kamath.
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Good work on the list of film song based on raga,  why don't you also post lyrics or link to ITRAN song book ?
Jayesh Mistri
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Hi Gargi,
I was looking for material on Bharatnatyam on the net for my German friend and I happened to visit your  site. I was very much impressed with nice work you have done.
It seems you are the great artist. I do not understand  anything about Kathak but I love Indian classical music. I  listen to Pandit Ajoy Chakrborty. I enjoy it though I do not
understand  even a word of Bengali.
Have a nice day ahead!!!
Bye,
Dilip
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namaste friend,
i visited your website and itīs really great. you did good work.
do you play an indian-music instrument??

Hemi Popal
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Hi,    
I am just trying to learn a little bit about music and liked ur site. Incredible!!! Good work!!! Especially liked the list of all ragas and category. Do you know of any site where they teach North Indian Classical Online or Have a lot of challan to practise and provide methodology to learn ( for an absolute beginner like me).  
thanks
abhoy.
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Dear Mr Bagchi,  

You are doing a terrific job !! I have visited your site a couple of times and the stuff you have put up on Ragas is very interesting and useful. Do keep it up, should I call you a modern day - internet Bhatkande !!!   I am just a lover of classical music and we live in Singapore.  

Regards
K V Rao
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Keep updating/expanding your list of songs based on Ragas. Very informative.
Good Luck
Shekhar
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Gargi
Your web site was very impressive. Are you planning to put the Swaralipi's on the web too? Do you know of any other web sites which has Nazrul's swaralipi on the web? Thanks and once again I loved your web site.
Koushik
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Gargijee, I just started looking for Indian classical music site on Internet and when I came across your site my eyes was wide opened you have taken so much time and done a great job for collecting and indexing all info together. One request if you incorporate some sound in real audio that will be great. Congratulation and you have done a great service to Indian classical music.
Please keep it up.
Thanks
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Dear Ms B.,
When I first saw your site about a year ago, I didn't know anything about Indian classical music. But when I saw the songs I knew all my life categorized under Ragas, I made an effort to find as many of those songs as possible and made cassettes for each Raga.

I then began to recognize the melodious patterns of many ragas. I can now see that just as the eyes can recognize shades of mauve and magenta or the nose can recognize fragrance of rose or sandalwood apart, the ear can unequivocally recognize the notes of  'Charukeshi' or 'Kalavati'...and this recognition pattern extends beyond songs. Now I can recognize these ragas in instrumental music albums or concerts too. I no longer catch my self thinking that 'Bhairavi' or 'Bhimpalasi' sound just the same to me.

I visit your site every few months and can see that you continue your effort to enhance the already impressive collection.
Thanks for your effort.
Kundan Khanna
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Namaskar Gargi Bagchi,  
This site of classical based hindi songs are really very useful for music lovers specially classical and film music lovers.  
Thanks   
Surekhakale 
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gargi:
recently had the pleasure of visiting your web page related to 'ragas'. it's a splendid site, great effort. congratulations! can u please direct me to sites where i can listen to (real audio) old hindi songs.
thank you.
parag
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Dear Ms. Gargi,
Today, only I have gone through your site "Ragmala", and I couldn't resist my self from writing you on this issue. I would like to thank you very much for creating such an excellant site for the lovers of Hindustani Classical Music. All the basic information has been arranged in a very classic manner and i think it will be great of help to exibit the valuable things of our music before whole world.    I would like to thank you once again and wish you a great sucess in your life.  
With Best Wishes,
 
Akash V. Gaiki 
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