• Raag Gauri Basant •


Introduced by prolific raga creator Kumar Gandharva via fusing Gauri with Basant’s tivra Ma incarnation. His original renditions also prominently showcase a Bhairav-ang G\r slide – but this fragment lacks its usual support from shuddha ma above, instead being followed in the bandish by Basant-like turns such as GPd; PMPG (…this shift is timed to coincide precisely with his singing of the word ‘basanti’ [‘spring’]: audible here). Since taken up by his grandson Bhuvanesh Komkali, and Joydeep Mukherjee has performed it on the rare Radikha Mohanveena (accompanied by Subashish Sabayasachi, “the first ambidextrous percussionist of India”). Also see other Basant fusions such as Malti Basant and Basanti Kanada, as well as Gaurimanjari (‘Bouquet of Gauris’) – plus other intriguing Gandharva creations including Madhusurja, Lagan Gandhar, Bhavmat Bhairav, and Saheli Todi.

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—Kumar Gandharva (1974)—

[refrain, e.g. 2:27] PP(GP) Gr, G rS, PP(GP) Gr, G; PP(GP) Gr, G; GP(d) (d)P P(MPG)…


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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: Poorvi thaat, Shree, Puriya Dhanashree, Basant, Jaitashree, Tankeshree


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGMPdNS
Reverse: SrGmMdNS (=Lalit)
Negative: 4-1-4-1-2 (e.g. Bhupali Todi)
Imperfect: 2 (Pa, dha)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Basant set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Kamavardhani
Jazz: Hypolydian Chromatic
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o • o o o • • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Gauri Basant, Gowri Basanti


—Bhuvanesh Komkali (2021)—



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