By Santhanakrishnan Srinivasan
I would like to dedicate this article to the uncrowned king amongst playback singers of our times, Rafi ji, on his 89th birth anniversary.
Human voice has many qualities. Of these some such as melodious, pleasing, and gaambhirya are unexplainable and not measurable but can only be experienced. Some qualities such as range are measurable. What is range of voice – It is basically the range of musical notes – that is the difference between lowest note and the highest note that can be sung by a human voice. Typically a human voice that can reproduce musical notes would cover in the range of 2 octaves. An octave has 12 notes, Shadja, Komal Risabh, Shuddha Rishabh, Komal gandhar, shuddh gandhar, shuddha madhyam and teevra madhyam, Pancham, komal dhaivat, shuddha dhaivat, Komal nishad and shuddha nishad. The note above Shuddha nishad, will be the Shadja of higher octave. Well trained singers can cover more than two octaves. (more…)