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Hansadhwani is a common evening melody that is especially popular with flute players due to its relatively easy fingering. Hansadhwani has a pentatonic (5-note) scale, and all the notes use fully covered holes (i.e. no flat or half notes), making it a great raga for a beginner to learn.

SRGPNS - arohi (scale up)
SNPGRS - avarohi (scale down)

There are lots of great recordings of Hansadhwani, and a good place to start is the recording by Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao.

Hansadhwani Lesson #1

One of my students, George, came by for his second flute lesson. He had only been playing flute for 6 months and had learned a bit from watching YouTube flute lessons. I knew he enjoyed listening to Hansadhwani, so I taught him this lesson (you can download the full, unedited mp3 by clicking the link; right-click to download). This was George's second lesson, and I did not tell him the scale or what we were playing until after we had played alap for ten full minutes. That he picked it up so quickly is a testament to the power and importance of taking private lessons so you get immediate, applicable feedback to your playing! You can download the PDF of the notes here. Enjoy!

Hansadhwani composition