• Raag Gujiri Todi •


A popular Todi variant named for its association with Gujarat, India’s Westernmost state. Linked to the morning hours, it takes a similar swara set to the main Todi, distinguishing itself by omitting Pa throughout. Dagarvani beenkar Bahauddin Dagar chooses to intone the raga’s Sa with a slightly higher sruti than that of the tanpura, adjusted in accordance with the sun’s daily arc (see non-zero Sa). Tanarnag cites a mood of “sweetness [and] karuna“, revolving around a deergha komal re. Pleasingly, Gujiri Todi is also an exact murchana of Jog (i.e. if you rotate Gujiri Todi so that dha becomes the ‘new Sa’, you get Jog’s full swara set).

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[refrain, e.g. 2:54] (d)Srg/d Mg(rg)r, g r S(NS), (d)Srg/d…


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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-d-N-S
Reverse: SrGMDNS (=Marwa)
Inverse: ni; SGMPDNS (=none)
Imperfect: 2 (Sa, ga)
Detached: 1 (Sa)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Jog set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: Shekharachandrika
Jazz: Lydian b2 b3 b6 (no 5th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • o • • o • o • • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–dha (+Ni)
• Names: Gujiri Todi, Gurjari Todi


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