• Raag Gauri •


Described by Deepak Raja as “difficult to render in its purity”, Gauri is associated with viraha shringara (‘the piety arising from the separation of lovers’). The raga had at least two distinct forms as far back as the 16th century, and continues to manifest in several variations – spanning a main Bhairav-angshuddha maincarnation to various Poorvi-angtivra Marenditions (often “treacherously close to Puriya Dhanashree“). In the former, mandra Ni is a prominent nyas (in Kalingada style), while re and dha should not be paused on – while some omit Ga and dha in aroha. Considered a sandhiprakash raga, but (unlike Bhairav) best suited to the dusk hours.

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—Sharad Sathe (1995)—

[bandish, e.g. 3:52] SG(mG)rP GrS(S), S(N)S; N S(NSd)NS PGrS, S(N)S; SGmP, Gr/G, m (G)rS, dNS, GrS…


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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.


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: S-r-G-m-P-d-N-S
Reverse: SrGmPdNS (=itself)
Inverse: ni; SGmdNS (=none)
Imperfect: 3 (Pa, dha, Ni)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (S—M)
Murchanas: Bhairav set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Mayamalavagowla
Jazz: Double Harmonic
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o o • o o • • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa (+Ni)
• Names: Gauri, Gari, Shuddha Gauri (Bhairav-ang)


—Kedar Bodas (2015)—
(^ taking the Poorvi-ang)




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