One Year of Raga Svara

A year of Raga Svara. It has now been 1 year since we opened for guests. When we started building this place, many summers ago, the thought of operational functioning was far away, nearly impossible and, honestly, a bit repulsive. One cannot see a thing of beauty suddenly have practical…

Birds of Raga Svara

I spotted this Green Bee-eater today morning. It is fairly common to see in rural areas. Bee-eaters eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants. This is the first time I have managed to photograph one with a bee in its mouth. Green Bee-eater Coppersmith Barbet The Coppersmith barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus)…

Sanctuary at Raga

Raga is a sanctuary amidst swathes of dry, arid expanse. It is incredible, almost magical, to see what a small parcel of land, taken care of, loved, can do for our ecology. The primary dwellers of Raga are the trees, plants, birds and animals.Our ecology is kind and strong,…

My House will have a Roof

It is easy to believe that Raga Svara is a "business" and that it is different from Northstar or RKU, which are our learning institutions. But that would be an error. If anything, Raga is an even more potent form of learning. Raga is about bringing back the prime mover…

Thoughts on Hospitality

With Raga Svara, and with Northstar as well, but more acutely at Raga, I come to the question of étranger or xenos. I am unable to take on the role of a subservient host. Hospitality is an act of giving and receiving, a game if you will. The rules and…

Habitat Collective

Aristotle said something to the effect that nature has made all things specifically for the sake of man and that the value of non-human thing in nature is merely instrumental. This line of thinking troubles me. And, it continues till this day. The inherent drive for dominion of man over…

Raga Svara's first MOOC

Raga Svara's first educational offering, a MOOC on "Indian Kitchen Herbs for Respiratory Disorders: Ayurvedic and Modern Perspective", was a great reminder that learning brings people together in ways that few other things can. It further strengthened my belief that learning is at the centre of Raga Svara Approach. We…

Porosity of Boundaries

One major objective for Raga Svara is to create, what I call, “Porosity of Boundaries”. I want to make the solid walls between apparently different ideas more porous, more accommodating. One such boundary is between western medicine and our traditional medicine. I have thought for quite sometime about Indian traditional…