• Raag Gunji Kanada •


A Gwalior gharana favourite which blends Malgunji and Kaunsi Kanada, principally via inserting the former’s RnSRG, Gm phrase into the broader framework of the latter – although some sources also cite the vital influences of Adana and Bahar (e.g. mDnS). Modern renditions tend to take the komal dha, although a shuddha Dha variant has also circulated in the recent past (also turning up as an ornamental kanswar). Ocean of Ragas lists it as a creation of pioneering vocalist and educator Vishnu Digambar Paluskar (1872-1931), with only a handful of other artists having added it to their concert repertoire over the years since (notably including Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil Banerjee, Pandit Jasraj, & Purbayan Chatterjee).

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—Pandit Jasraj (1994)—

[refrain, e.g. 2:53] R(Sn) S(nS) R(SR) G(RG), RGm(G) m(G), m(GmP)m\g (mgmgR)R, S(Rgm) RSR S(nS), (mgRSndnSn)SnS n\d dnP, P(dSn)S ndnS, dnSR…


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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: Dev Gandhar


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRgGmPdnS
Reverse: SRGmPdDnS
Negative: 2-5-3-2
Imperfect: 2 (Re, Ga)
Detached: 1 (Ga)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Miyan ki Malhar set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Basant Bahaar)
Jazz: Aeolian (dbl. 3rd)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o o o o • o o • o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Gunji Kanada, Gunji Kannada


—Ali Akbar Khan (~1980s)—



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