Raga Unveiled Reviews
Nutan Mehta, Avon, CT
March 19, 2009
Pratima and I truly enjoyed the Hartford, CT premier of "Raga Unveiled".
While the abridged version was certainly enjoyable, I must say that the full
four hour version that I saw in the comfort of my home was enrapturing. My
interest and attention were heightened and maintained through out the
As I mused on all that I saw, the word "Unveiled" in the title seemed so
very apropos. Indian classical music, despite existing for centuries has
always seemed a misty figure behind a sheer veil. I have always sensed its
beauty and marveled that something so beautiful is sculpted by using merely
a handful of musical notes. Here lies one of the most majestic confluence of
mathematics and music. Few notes permuted and combined into almost infinite
variations of musical gems. The more one hears, the more the mystery
One reaches a point where listening to a composition is not enough. A desire
to comprehend the various constructs; the building blocks to analyze various
configurations, to classify, categorize and grasp its depth becomes
Scholars and students have pursued a quest for knowledge and understanding
theoretically and empirically for generations. Although their endeavors
deserve a great round of applause and our gratitude, I feel that the lay
people with interest in this field had still been left behind because the
knowledge was so mired in secrecy (veil) and jargon that only the musical
elite could comprehend. So "Raga Unveiled" is undoubtedly providing a great
service to lay people.
It certainly unveiled not only the misty figure that I mentioned but also
many more statues and icons that were awaiting their day in the sun. This
documentary has the power, both in terms of content and coverage, to be an
excellent educational tool with capacity to span the cultural divide between
East and West. I do not doubt that viewers of this documentary will have
their interest peaked and their spirits uplifted. You have given Indian
parents abroad an excellent tool to bring their children closer to Indian
Classical music. I have a strong feeling that many will thank "Raga
Unveiled" for inspiring them to make this art form an integral part of their
As you know, I am an ardent listener of Indian Classical Music since
childhood. I always have cherished its beauty, esthetics and spirituality.
To know that "Raga Unveiled" is now available to many more people to enjoy
and understand the beauty of Indian Classical music is a heart-warming
feeling for me.
Congratulations to you and Mukesh for undertaking this adventure and more
importantly, sharing it with others.
Wishing you all the success,