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Indian Sargam Vs Western Notes

Following chart may come handy while translating western notes of any tune or song into Indian Sargam, and vice-versa.

ScaleCDEFGAB
IndianSaReGaMaPaDhaNi
WesternDoReMiFaSoLaTi

The letters in all the above rows (column wise) generally follow a sequence.  For example, if we start the scale at F, then the sequence would be FGABCDE, or when at B, it would be BCDEFGA, and so on.

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni and Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti remain constant.

Every musical instrument can be tuned to a certain scale.  With the above example, we would be playing Sa at C scale.

Following video tutorial will help you understand this concept with more clarity:

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  1. Hello sir, your page is very very useful. Thank you for the above chart. In the same way could you please provide me with the sa ri ga ma pa da ni sa of all the minor keys Cm, C#m, Dm, D#m, Em, Fm, F#m, Gm, G#m, Am, A#m, Bm and more if any? I searched in the net for more than 2 hours but no avail. Pls help me. Thank you much.
    Love David

      1. Hello
        For minor keys I have a doubt too for the conversation.Have been trying to
        Figure out from the chart but couldn’t can you please elaborate?
        Thank you

    1. hi David
      I am hoping you got oriented on the minor scales, but if you didn’t, have a look at “relative keys“ or “relative minor“ on Wikipedia : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relative_key
      Relative major and minor keys use the same notes but start in a different place, for example C and A minor, D and B Minor, etc.
      Not sure what you want to do that information, but hope it helps…

  2. I bought some notes from abroad and it was written do re mi fa so la ti do on it i was not able to understand it …now i am …… thanx verry much! i got a lot of help….
    AZALEA INARA

  3. Guys this is diatonic scale consisting of 2 whole steps followed by 1/2 step then 3 full steps & finally 1/2 step (C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C) notice C to D whole, D to E whole, E to F half step, Fto G whole, G to A whole, A to B whole & B to C half step.
    Apply this to any key & you will get ur query answered.

    1. Dha ‘ Re Ga Ma Re…….
      Dha ‘ Re Ga Ma Re…….
      Dha ‘ Re Ga Ma.. Ga Re Ma.. Ga Re Dha..Dha…….
      Dha Pa Dha Ni(k).. Ni(k)….
      Ni(k) Dha Pa Ni(k) Dha Dha…..
      Dha Pa Ma Ga Dha Ga Ma Re….

  4. Sir – Thanks for explaining this so well. At around 12:50 time, you mentioned that you will create a full video on western scale. Can you please create one? Also, why is there a need to call the same note as sharp or flat depending on whether its in an ascending sequence or descending sequence?

    1. Good question. Sharps and Flats are the part of description of musical notes as per western music theory. As a thumb rule, a note which falls in between two notes is called sharp while ascending and flat while descending. The sound of C# and Db is exactly the same. So, even if theoretically they are different but acoustically they are same. At the end of the day, in music, acoustics are more important than theory, since that is what your listeners will experience. They don’t care if you are playing C# or Db. They will hear the same exact sound. And that is all what you should be focusing on. However, for knowledge it is important to know the names of all notes including sharps and flats, because if someday you happen to play with another musician and he asks you to give him D Flat, you should know that he is asking for C sharp.

  5. Dear Sir? Plz give me the western notation of the song by Rafi Saab Janam janam ka saath hai nibhane ko sau sau sal Maine janam liye from the Hindi movie Tumse accha kaun hai.
    My email is bellavista27@gmail.com.
    Thanks VEENAUD..
    Mauritius

  6. I’ve had some lessons with an industani violin player and he used a different notation regarding to F.

    F=m
    F#=M

    I think this way makes notation easier. The only handicap is that is a bit weird that the notation for Bilaval would be S R G m P D N S while all svaras are shuddha.

    Do you know if it’s an extended notation? or maybe just an exception?

  7. Different sound frequencies signifies 7 notations, but I’m curious about some symbols of the sound using in composition.

    Any of you are aware of that please share it.

  8. Hello All,
    I have an interesting question, hoping someone can shed some light on. Practicing sa re ga ma pa makes my voice steadier and adds more base, however when i practice the relative western scale do re mi fa, my voice gets sharper and more projectable but not as steady. Why does this happen? Also does practice of sa re ga ma pa also and help in singing english songs and vice versa (practicing do re mi fa help with singing Hindi songs?) I hope i made some sense

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