• Raag Adbhut Kalyan •


An uncommon Kalyan variety, named Adbhut (‘of wonder’) for omitting two of Kalyan’s most vital swaras (Ma & Pa). Remains popular among artists of the Dagarvani Dhrupad, but few others have risen to the centreless challenges of losing both mid-saptak swaras. Aminuddin Dagar reportedly considered the raga to be an offshoot of Khem Kalyan – while Uday Bhawalkar links it to the congruent Carnatic Niroshta, possibly borrowed South by Muthiah Bhagavatar (‘niroshta’ roughly translates as ‘without the lips’: Ma and Pa being the only sargam syllables which require them when singing!).

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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: (none found)


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRGDNS
Reverse: SrgdnS
Negative: 3-2-2-1-1-1-2 (e.g. Miyan ki Sarang)
Imperfect: 2 (Sa, Ni)
Detached: 1 (Sa)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none

Quirks: detached Sa‘ • consecutive varjits (MaPa)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: Niroshta
Jazz: Major (no 4th/5th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o • o • • • • o • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Ni
• Names: Adbhut Kalyan, Adbhuta Kalyana, Niroshta


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