Saraga: Striking a chord
Saraga is a concept music player geared towards Carnatic and Hindustani music
with facilities to explore within recordings and among a sizeable collection of
recordings in ways unprecedented in these genres. Most players are designed
with a linear conception of time. Saraga’s player interface is designed with a
circular conception of time, which is in-line with these genres. It also helps music
students zoom in on the areas of interest to them and repeat them.
The player highlights important phrases and lets a musicologist jump between
them easily. Movements like “going back a few avrtams to listen again” are easy
using the sama-based navigation in the player. The player also presents the
overall structure of a performance in a single visual.