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From the Curators: North Indian Classical Genre Stations for Every Time of Day

Today, we have a guest post from Sameer Gupta, a long time Pandora Music Analyst and professional musician living in Brooklyn, NY. Sameer has helped translate Indian Music into the language of the Music Genome Project. Thanks to the hard work of Sameer, you can now discover Ragas on Pandora.


Indian Classical music is known across the world for its melodic beauty, rhythmic complexity and meditative mood. Even though this music is as complex as it is old, it is possible to deeply enjoy Raga Music without knowing the technical details and terminology. I invite you to experience this beautiful and dynamic genre through four new stations.

In North Indian classical music, Ragas are assigned to a particular time of day, which is a system known as Samay Raga (Sum-May / Rah-Gah), because they capture the mood of that time. With this in mind, we have created four curated stations that will correspond to the listeners’ “time of day”:

Raga Music is handed down, generation to generation, through an oral tradition. The relationship between teacher and student, or Guru and disciple, is sacred for many students. My own teacher, Tabla master Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, has enlightened me on countless musical levels, as well as the great sitar master Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt, who has helped me find clarity in understanding the details of this complex musical history. Thanks to the guidance of generations upon generations of diligent teachers, this ancient and complex form of music remains a cornerstone of Indian culture.

We hope you’ll enjoy discovering Ragas on Pandora, no matter what time of day you listen!