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Influence: India
About "Graviti (Charukeshi Alap)"
From the album, Exit 1:

Alap is an unaccompanied meditative introduction to a Raga where the notes are developed systematically and slowly. Charukeshi has long been one of my favorite Ragas because of the striking combination of notes. The notes in the scale are major for the first half and then minor for the second half. Depending on the focus, the notes can invoke a deep somber mood or the exact opposite! When I play this Raga I imagine the darkness that accompanies a rainstorm but then is lifted when the storm ends and the daybreaks with the sunrise and it is light again. Dedicated to both of my late fathers, Prithvi Raj and Thomas Herzig.
Nistha Raj Violin