• Raag Abheri Todi •


Summarised by musicologist and critic Rajan Parrikar as “an obscure [Todi] variant, in which strands of Asavari and Khamaj are tied to the Todi-ang”. His guru Ramrang’s rendition of the raga revolves around phrases such as PmPm\g; mPn\d; SRnS; rnSRG, whereas Srikant Bakre‘s take also visits the shuddha Dha (bandish transcribed in full below) – although further renditions are hard to definitively trace. While historical information is scant, the raga’s name is presumably linked to the near-congruent Carnatic Abheri (prakriti with Asavari thaat). Compare to other rare Todi ragas including Saheli Todi, Lakshmi Todi, Mangal Todi, and Adarangi Todi.

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—Srikanth Bakre (1985)—

[bandish, e.g. 0:52] (n)S (nSn)S (m)Rm, mP P(PmPnP)mg (m)R, (dP)d (n)dP P, (S)Pm (Pm)P, mP(nP) (nP)m\g, g(RSR)S (SnSgRgRSnS), S(nS)RG mm, (Pm)P, P(mPDPD) n(DnP) dPm Pmg, RSRm(P), (P)m (P)mPDnSnS nD(nD)Pm (mD)P, n(dn)P, dPmP, RgmP(nP)m\g (RS)RS, S RG(mG)m, m(nP) (m)G (RS)RS, R S(nS)S, RGm…


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Explore hidden inter-raga connections: swara geometries, melodic features, murchana sets, ragangas, & more (also see the Full Tag List):

Swaras: -4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10+

Sapta: Audav | Shadav | Sampurna

Poorvang: SRGM | SRG | SRM | SGM

Uttarang: PDNS | PDS | PNS | DNS

Varjit: Re | Ga | Ma | Pa | Dha | Ni

Double: rR | gG | mM | dD | nN

Thaat: 10 | 32Enclosed | Inexact

Chal: All-shuddha | All-komal | Ma-tivra

Gaps: Anh. | Hemi. | 3-row | 4-row | 5-row

Symmetries: Mirror | Rotation | Palindr.

Aroha: Audav | Shadav | Sampurna

Avroh: Audav | Shadav | Sampurna

Jati: Equal | Balanced | Av.+1 | Av.+2

Samay: Morning | Aftern. | Eve. | Night

Murchana: Bhup. | Bihag | Bilaw. | Charu.

Raganga: Bhairav | Malhar | Kan. | Todi

Construction: Jod | Mishra | Oddball

Origin: Ancient | Carnatic | Modern

Dominance: Poorvang | Uttarang

Prevalence: A-list | Prachalit | Aprach.


• Prakriti: Devgandhari Todi


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrRgGmPdnS
Reverse: SRGmPdDnNS
Negative: 2-7-3
Imperfect: 2 (Re, Ga)
Detached: 1 (Ga)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Natabhairavi)
Jazz: Aeolian (dbl. 2nd/3rd)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o o o o o • o o • o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Abheri Todi, Aberi Todi


—Ramashreya Jha ‘Ramrang’ (~1990s)—



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