North Indian Classical Vocal
Jyotika has specialized in one of the most important styles of Classical Music in North India: Khyal or Khayal. Its name comes from a Persian/Arabic word meaning "imagination". Khyal is associated with spiritual and romantic poetry and allows the performer great freedom of expression through the use of rich ornamentation in the Alaap, and intricate virtuosic melodic passages in the faster parts of the Raaga.
Origins of North Indian Classical Music date from the XII century AC, this kind of music is presented through Ragas, melodic compositions that have a particular set of notes and a sentiment (Rasa). These Ragas are presented with a text that depicts stories from ancient Hindu Mythology or talks about human emotions or nature events in vocal music. A Raga is like a universe where melody and rhythm come together to color the listener's mind.