• Raag Dakshinatya Basant •


A springtime raga described by sarodiya Joydeep Mukherjee as “very rare…adapted from Carnatic music” (hear him play it on “a very rare instrument, the Radhika Mohanveena”, created by Radhika Mohan Maitra in 1948 – accompanied by Subhasish Sabyasachi, “the first ambidextrous percussionist of India“). The name translates as ‘Southern Basant’ (to distinguish it from the main Basant) – while also sharing historical overlap with the more archaic Adi Basant and Shuddha Basant, alongside a close relationship to Shuddha Sohini (…many consider the two ragas to be indistinguishable). Enjoys an occasional presence on the modern concert stage – see recent renditions by Anuradha Kuber and Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande, as well as a Sarala Bhide bandish breakdown by Ashok Da Ranade.

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—Anuradha Kuber (2009)—

[refrain, e.g. 0:29] (D)S N(D)D N(S)D, m(Gm) G(r) r(Sr)SS…


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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: Thaat #18, Bhatiyari Bhairav, Mangal Bhairav


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGmPDNS
Reverse: SrgmPdNS (=’thaat #24‘)
Negative: 4-1-3-2-2 (e.g. Devshri)
Imperfect: 3 (re, Pa, Ni)
Detached: 1 (re)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Suryakantam
Jazz: Ionian b2
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o o • o • o • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Dakshinatya Basant, Dakshinataya Vasantha


—Jaydeep Vaidya (~2010s)—



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