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I heard that a lot of Indian music (especially classical music) have to do the the Sama-Veda and instructing the music. How can one tell if a song is according to the Sama-Veda? Is there anything specific that it instructs?

And what exactly is a raag or raga?

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    As you have asked this question you may be knowing that Vedas are the most ancient available literature on earth. Rig Ved, YajurVed, Atharva Ved & Saam Ved are the four collections among which Saam Ved is not read, it is sung. Persons who know the Vedas are very few. but you may search on the net you will find the recitation of Saam somewhere. So obviously Indian classical music has roots in Saama Ved but it is also true that over the centuries various invaders who came to India brought their cultural effects in the Indian classical and it got enriched. The Indian classical we hear today is much different than the ancient one and that ancient music is very rare to find in pure form, leave aside your question if a song can be as per Saam because Saama Ved is a literature which is sung as per the ancient singing tradition.
    Now next question What is a Raag?
    I will try to answer this as my mother is PG in Indian classical music. A Raag is a set of musical notes which broadly defines the frame of a musical performance be it a Khyaal, Thumari, Bhajan, NaaTya geet, Film song etc. some notes are sung, played predominantly while some are not at all. But beauty of Indian Classical is that every time a performer performs it is a new creation although he / she is honoring the Raag framework. feel free to ask questions I will try to answer as I find time.

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