• Raag Chandni Bihag •


A speciality of the Rampur khayal gharana, which introduces the tense Mani sangati to the basic framework of Bihag, further accentuated by a weak or absent Re – leaving two ‘4-row’ clusters (GmMP & DnNS), arranged symmetrically. Parrikar recounts the “enchanting tonal formulations” of his guru Ramrang’s rendition (passed down by his own guru Bholanath Bhatt, who in turn learned it from sarangi legend Bundu Khan) – while Ramrang’s Abhinava Geetanjali volumes give a chalan of SNSGmG, GmPDnS, nDPDNSNP, MPDnSnDP, GmG. The name translates as ‘Moonlit Bihag’.

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[bandish, e.g. 0:01] GmP, NSN(DPMP) P(MP) m(Gm)G, G(R)S SN(P), NNSSS, G(mPD)G (G)P, G(RS)S, SSG m, PDD(SD)n D (P)mPNS, N(DP), S…


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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: SGmMPDnNS
Reverse: SrRgmMPdS
Negative: 5-1-1-5
Imperfect: 2 (Ma, Pa)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (R—d)
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Savithri
Jazz: Bebop Dom. (no 2nd, dbl. 4th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

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• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Chandni Bihag, Chandani Behag


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