• Raag Basanti Kanada •

S-r-G-mM-P-D-nN-S


Perhaps the only Kanada raga to give prominence to tivra Ma (which appears in Basant-like poorvang motions such as GMDMG; MGrS), Basanti Kanada is a thinly-analysed form which summons idiosyncratic tensions via a precise mixing of seemingly incongruous elements (e.g. from the bandish below: DmG, GMdM\G, MGrS). Predominantly associated with vocalists of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, the raga is best-known via Kishori Amonkar’s numerous renditions (also refer to a superb recording by her disciple Arun Dravid, and another by Mallikarjun Mansur). As yet untouched by instrumentalists.


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[refrain, e.g. 1:23] D m G, G GM(d)M\G, (M)G rS, (S)G rS, S(NR)S, Sm, m m\G, P m\G, G(m)D DP, DPDND, PDnDP…

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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.

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• Prakriti: (none found)

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–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGmMPDnNS
Reverse: SrRgmMPdNS
Negative: 6-1-5
Imperfect: 2 (re, Pa)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Roopkali (on ma)

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–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Sourashtram
S-R1-G3-M1-M2-P-D2-N2-N3-S
Jazz: Phrygian Dominant (dbl. 4th/7th)
1-b2-3-4-#4-5-6-b7-7-8
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):
0-1-4-5-6-7-9-10-11-0
(1–3–1–1–1–2–1–1–1)

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• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Basanti Kanada, Basant Kannada

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—Kishori Amonkar (~1970s)—

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