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Discussion Post 5According to authors Titon et al. (2009), “infinite variety of ragasand the expressive usemusicians make of them, shaping them into beautiful melodic compositions or spinningthem out in improvisation, form the heart and soul of India’s classical music” (p. 200).This can be heard in the song “Sarasiruha” (“To the Goddess Saraswati”). The text andmusic were written by Pulaiyar Doraisamy Ayyar (1865-1926) and is considered aCarnatic music performance. This song is addressed to the goddess of music andlearning and after listening to the lyrics, it demonstrated what was illustrated in ourtextbook; five improvised sections of the song and an idam, or a phrase from kriti, whichis considered to be the high point of the performance. Because this type of music hasno written notation, it can only be learned through oral transmission. As written byauthors Titon et al. (2009), “words cannot describe it. One can only feel it while listening

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classical music, George Harrison, Indian classical music, Carnatic music, Titon

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