According to Rajan Parrikar, Ambika Sarang “was designed by [Agra vocalist] Chidanand Nagarkar…elements of Shuddha Sarang and Kafi are blended together in a delicious cocktail”. Ga is banished, allowing for Saraswati-tinged movements. While Nagarkar’s naming reasons are unclear, ‘ambika’ (meaning ‘mother’ in Sanskrit) is closely tied to the goddess Adi Parashakti: a weapon-wielding demon slayer held in Hindu lore as the ultimate matriarch of the universe (and the deity who gave the others their names…).
—Parveen Sultana (2007)—
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