• Raag Darjeeling •


Unveiled by sitarist Niladri Kumar in a 2014 Taj Mahal tea commercial, launching a new Darjeeling-themed range described in marketing materials as “definitely our most premium offering” (Niladri: “I have composed [it] in honour of the superlative flavour”). Status as a ‘real raga’ (rather than just a Mishra Bhairavi) is highly dubious – and usually I’d just ignore anything emanating from a corporate marketing scheme: but I’ll make an exception here (…much as I intuitively hate almost all advertising, I’ve gotta give props to Taj Mahal for some real raga-infused gems over the years: ‘Wah Taj!’).

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—Niladri Kumar (2020)—

[motifs, e.g. 0:01] grS(nSn) nS, r(g) r(gS), grn(dnd) dS, (r)m g(rgrS); SmmP m(gmg)mP P(dPdPmg), SmmP(dP) P(dP)nd Pmg(mnP) mg(mg) g, RgRg(mgRg) rS, gg rgrSrSnSndndP…


• Classifiers •

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: Bhairavi thaat, Bhairavi, Bilaskhani Todi, Asavari (komal re)


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrgmPdnS
Reverse: SRGmPDNS (=Bilawal)
Negative: 3-2-2-3-2 (e.g. Dhani)
Imperfect: 1 (Pa)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (G—n)
Murchanas: Bilawal set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Hanumatodi
Jazz: Phrygian
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • o • o • o o • o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Darjeeling


—Niladri Kumar (2014)—




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