• Raag Hansa Narayani •


Taking the shape of ‘Puriya Dhanashree minus dha’, Hansa Narayani also presents uttarang shades of Hansadhwani (PNS): another swan-related raga with Carnatic roots (‘Hansa’ suggests a swan-riding image of Saraswati, the four-armed Hindu goddess of music and learning, and ‘Narayani’ refers to an incarnation of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth and fortune: collectively covering two-thirds of the ‘Tridevi’). Seemingly popularised by Pannalal Ghosh (“the wizard of the bamboo”), the raga remains rare, with melodic motions often focusing on Pa and Sa as nyas. Also refer to a short Shree-like rendition by Bismillah Khan (below), as well as Abhirang’s khayal interpretation.

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Aroha: e.g. NrGMP, GPNS
Avroh: e.g. SNPG, MrGrS

Chalan: variable, e.g. GMP; PGMGrS; SP; SSrS; NP; MG; MGrS (Parrikar)


—Bismillah Khan (1996)—

[motifs, e.g. 1:18] (S)P MGM(PM) GrS; SP, PSS(NS)rS (Sr)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.


• Prakriti: (none found)


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGMPNS
Reverse: SrmMdNS
Negative: 4-1-2-3-1-1 (e.g. Tilang)
Imperfect: 2 (re, Pa)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Mandari
Jazz: Lydian b2 (no 6th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o • o o • • • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Hansa Narayani, Hansanarayan, Hamsnarayani


—Abhijith Shenoy ‘Abhirang’ (2020)—



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