My favorite raga: a raga I have circulated to is often Begada, says Rithvik Raja

As musicians, we learn new compositions and continue exploring different ragas. There are different periods during which we lean towards a raga. In 10 concerts, a raga could appear five or six times invariably. Then, once that phase passes, you probably won't listen to it in the next 15 or 20 concerts. And then it will appear again. That, I think, is the beauty of the options that are available everywhere. They all have an incredible scope for exploration.

A raga to which I have circulated is often Begada. In fact, when I was about 12 years old, I remember telling my friends that one thing I probably wanted to learn was every composition in Begada. That raga still fascinates me. By the way, in my concert this Monday, that was the raga that I sang as the main piece.



If someone put a gun to my head and told me that I had to choose a raga, it would be Begada. The melody of this raga is trapped in my head. I remember hanging out in my mother's classes with her teacher when I was little. Her teacher made her learn a line in this raga over and over again in three or four classes. That was the only line I kept listening to. She was also my teacher between 2000 and 2003. The first composition she taught me was the Begada varnam. That is my first memory of any raga or class.

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