• Raag Devshri •


An intriguing audav raga resembling ‘Megh tivra Ma’ (or ‘Vachaspati no Ga/Dha’). Its unique swara set – which features the unusual ‘tivra Ma, komal nisangati – is principally distinguished by a disbalance in how Sa and Pa are ‘surrounded’ by the swaras above and below (nSR: ‘2-2’, MPn: ‘1-3’) – offering curious contrast with the symmetry of the R-M-n ‘equilateral triangle’ (a ‘4-4-4’ augmented triad). Described by Tanarang as “straightforward to sing, and easily expandable in all three octaves” – although few outside his immediate Gwalior vocal lineage have performed it thus far. Also see proximate forms such as Saraswati (add Dha) and Hemavati (add ga & Dha).

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[bandish, e.g. 0:22] MRSR, MPMMP, (SR)MPS\nP, S\n/SS, SnP, MPMRS, MRSR…


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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: SRMPnS
Reverse: SRmMnS
Negative: 2-2-1-1-3-1-2 (e.g. Bhatiyari Bhairav)
Imperfect: 3 (Re, Ma, ni)
Detached: 2 (Ma, ni)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Madhuranjani (on Pa)

Quirks: ‘tivra Ma, komal ni‘ (rarest pairing)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Simhavahini)
Jazz: Epyritonic
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

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• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Devshri, Devshree



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