A dawn raga fabled to have been created by Raja Bhartruhari, a mythical King of Ujjain said to have abdicated from his life of material wealth and romantic pleasure to pursue a path of ascetic devotion. Somewhat resembling a ‘vakra Marwa with Pa’, Bhatiyar limits the use of re and Ni in aroha – with, as per Deepak Raja, “a centre of melodic gravity in the mid-octave region, but tilting towards the upper tetrachord”. Some perceive an anxious, foreboding character, but the raga’s subtleties can produce many moods.
—Mita Nag (2014)—
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