• Raag Hemshri •


A night raga created by renowned Gwalior composer and vocalist Vishwanath Rao Ringe ‘Tanarang’, essentially equivalent to ‘Tilang komal ga’. In his own summary (seemingly the only source of melodic information): “the mood is light…a very sweet melody that manifests readily in the following combinations [e.g. SgmPm, gmPnPNNS; PNSnP; PNSgNS]”. Re is banned entirely, while the raga is distinguished from Dhani by the use of double-Ni. Refer to Vishwajat’s rendition below – and also see other Tanarang creations including Sundarkauns, Saraswati Kedar, and Jogeshwari Pancham.

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—Vishwajeet Ringe (2020)—

[sargam, e.g. 7:31] NNNN SNgS, m(g) Pm n, nP, gPm, P(mgmPmgS) N, S(gSgmPnPmg)…


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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: SgmPnNS
Reverse: SrRmPDS
Negative: 4-1-2-2-2-1 (e.g. Rageshri)
Imperfect: 2 (Pa, Ni)
Detached: 1 (Ni)
Symmetries: mirror (m—N)
Murchanas: Hemshri set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Suddha Dhanyasi
Jazz: Minor Pent. (dbl. 7th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • • o • o • o • • o o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Hemshri, Hemshree


—Dhanjibhai Gadhiya (2020)—



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