Like Parameshwari and Rangeshwari, Gangeshwari (‘Lord of the Ganges River’) was created in 1968 via murchana rotation of Ravi Shankar’s Kameshwari (itself dreamed up during a car ride through Bengal). Its unique swara set, lacking in reflective symmetries, most closely resembles a ‘no Re’ version of either Charukeshi or Basant Mukhari (or alternatively, ‘Gopika Basant shuddha Ga’). Like the rest of its murchana quartet, Gangeshwari’s phraseology remains uncodified and unusually open, with little risk of over-trespassing the bounds of other ragas.
—Ravi Shankar (1972)—
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