RAGA REVELRY is a fun introduction to the centuries-old tradition of North Indian classical music, often referred to as Raga music. For thousands of years, musicians have dedicated their lives to preserving this unwritten heritage that evokes a vivid range of emotions and moods and invites the listener to go beyond a limited perspective of self-awareness.

Performer and musicologist Vijay Kichlu’s journey to create a permanent sanctuary for this valuable inheritance, transplants the viewer to the center of Indian spirituality and culture. Heart-felt performances and interviews from legendary musicians along with the joyful camaraderie between the artists, unfolds the Rasa, the essence or soul of this music.

Woven into the narrative are fundamental music appreciation concepts of melody (raga) and rhythm (tala) with demonstrations by maestros. The film traces the evolution of this ancient sound, intended to praise the numinous from the origin, and is an invitation to deepen the connection to our spiritual selves.

The educational quality of the film is recommended by India’s premier national arts academy, the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Vijay Kichlu is a recipient of this Academy’s Ratna award, a rare and prestigious cultural honor bestowed on only 40 individuals at a time, as well as the Padma Shri civilian honor from the Republic of India.

The film is available in three options:


HOME USE: 90 minute Film + 159 minutes Bonus Tracks (Total: 249 minutes)

A calling card for India, this film is a lens through which the intertwining strands of spirituality, philosophy and culture in South Asia can be appreciated.

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INSTITUTIONAL USE: 90 minute Film + 159 minutes Bonus Tracks (Total: 249 minutes)

A calling card for India, this film is a lens through which the intertwining strands of spirituality, philosophy and culture in South Asia can be appreciated. The material enhances and supports lectures and discussions on the topics of South Asia, philosophy, spirituality and globalization.

Available as a 2-DVD packet or via on-line streaming, this product is intended for libraries and educational institutions, music students of all genres, as well as, museums and art exhibits.

To purchase or stream for educational use, contact us or Artfilms.



TV and SCREENING VERSION: 52 minute Film

This shorter version screened for communities is usually followed by a joyful, thought-provoking and enthusiastic discussion, by all participants, on the multi-layered cultural traditions of India. For a screening in your classroom, library, community group, charitable or arts organization, please contact us or promotional partner, Sunny Thakkar.