• Raag Jait •


A charming audav raga with several disparate branches. In particular, the treatment of Re varies (some render it komal, and others shuddha, while Jaipur-Atrauli singers employ both forms) – with Dha, which must be taken vakra, also showing up in both its variants (albeit not within the same performance). Indeed, even renditions by the same artist may vary according to the hour: as per Hariprasad Chaurasia, probably the raga’s most prominent modern interpreter, “Jait is the only [raga] which is played in both the morning and evening: in the morning, it is based on Bibhas, and in the evening, it is based on Marwa”. Despite these explicitly-stated similarities, Jait is distinguished from both ragas by a stronger use of Pa over Dha (e.g. S\P; PDGP; PDPS). Also see the overlapping Jait Kalyan.

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Chalan: e.g. SGPGP; PDGP; PDPS; SrS; SP; PDGP; PGrS (Parrikar)


—Hariprasad Chaurasia (2010)—

[alap, e.g. 5:33] G, G\r, DSr PD, rS(D), S(rSD) S(r)r, m\r, (S)r (S)r, mrS, rG, S(D)D GrGr SrS, DSD PD(SDP), G, PDSrDSr G, SrG, G\rS…


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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: SrRGPDS
Reverse: SgmdnNS (=Tulsikauns)
Negative: 4-2-1-2-2-1 (e.g. Manavi)
Imperfect: 2 (re, Ga)
Detached: 1 (re)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Jog set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Mohanam)
Jazz: Major Pentatonic (dbl. 3rd)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o o • o • • o • o • • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Jait, Jayat, Jeth, Jetha


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