• Raag Ahiri •


Somewhat resembling ‘Bageshri komal re’, ‘Ahir Bhairav komal ga’, or ‘Bhairavi shuddha Dha’, Ahiri favours long, kaleidoscopic melodies, laden with shapes from proximate ragas. Artists may seek to accentuate the ‘equilateral triangle’ of nyas (r–m–D: an augmented triad), also drawing from its murchana-set neighbours Patdeep, Charukeshi, and Vachaspati. Matches the Carnatic Natakapriya, although ultimate origins remain mysterious – also see Ahiri Todi, Jaiwanti Todi, and Deen Todi.

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Aroha: SrgmPDnS
Avroh: SnDPmgrS

Chalan: e.g. nDr; DnS; Dngr; rgmgr; Srgm; rgPm; grgP; rgmD; DPDnD; mPDnS; DnrS; nDPDnD; nDmgr; Pmgr; rnDS (Raja)


—Harmeet Virdee (2009)—

[motifs, e.g. 1:34] (g)mPDnD mP, g\r gmg; m, g, r, (Sn)DnSr…


• Classifiers •

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

JatiEqual | Balanced | Av.+1 | Av.+2

Samay: Morning | Aftern. | Eve. | Night

MurchanaBhup. | 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: Thaat #30, Jaiwanti Todi, Prabhateshwari


• Ragmalas •

Historic miniature paintings (learn more)

“Ahiri Ragini: opaque pigments on paper, heightened with gold” (Bilaspur, c.1740) / “Ahiri Ragini, from a folio” (unknown, c.1750)


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrgmPDnS
Reverse: SRgmPDNS (=Patdeep)
Negative: 3-2-2-2-3 (e.g. Tivrakauns)
Imperfect: 3 (re, Pa, Dha)
Detached: 2 (re, Dha)
Symmetries: mirror (m—N)
Murchanas: Charukeshi set

Quirks: maximal‘ (swaras are optimally ‘spread out’)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Natakapriya
Jazz: Dorian b2
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • o • o • o • o o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–ma (+Dha)
• Names: Ahiri, Aheer, Aheeri, Aahiri


—Krishna Bhatt (2010)—



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