(Picture from http://www.indiainnings.in/images/Indian_Musical_Instruments.jpg). A selection of the many instruments used in Indian music, including the table (pair of drums), dhol (large cylinderal drum) sarangi (bowed string instrument) and bansuri (Indian flute)
The piece I am choosing to review is "Raga Keeravani" It is a traditional Carnatic (Southern) piece, performed on the bansuri, which is also used in the Hindustani or Northern tradition, using the notes sa ri ga ma pa dha ni. It also has many janya, or ragas derived from it. It is part of the 72 fundamental ragas known as melakarta.
The raga is known for its soothing effect and can be used for meditation. It is known for its enchanting effect and can be quite wonderful and suprising (adbhut). It is also quite close to the minor scale in Western music.
(Picture from http://sujamusic.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/21-keeravani.jpg) The swara of the Raga Keeravani.)
You can listen to it below:
However, there are some downsides. Notably, the music, being designed for meditation, is quite repetitive, mainly being an alap and jor without that much of a gat or a jhalp. The sound of the bansuri can also become quite grating. However, I enjoy this song for the most part since the sound is immersive and can reduce stress.
(Picture from http://www.gnosis.at/img/Meditation_Hindu.jpg.) A painting of Hindu meditation. The Raga Keeravani is especially good as a meditation aid.