• Raag Jaun Bhairav •


A jod raga fashioned by Agra vocalist Jagannathbuwa Purohit ‘Gunidas’ (also the creator of Jogkauns and Swanandi), combining ideas from two well-known morning ragas – Jaunpuri and Bhairav. Parrikar pointso to the “crowded swara-space”, with both komal and shuddha variants of Re, Ga, and Ni on display: meaning that the entire komal ni to shuddha ma range is available in some guise (nNSrRgGm), allowing for great expressive and phrasal flexibility (see the Ram Marathe recording transcribed below). Rare raga explorer Abhijith Shenoy ‘Abhirang’ offers catchphrases including SRmP; rNSdP; dmPG; PgRS; GmrS – also refer to Gunidas’ original composition Aba Meri Suno Tuna (“displaying great skill in navigation, managing to successfully bring an aesthetic unity to his design…”).

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—Ram Marathe (1979)—

[themes, e.g. 22:24] G m (n)d, d N(dS)S (N)S, N\d N\d S, S(RgS) R(GRS), S(nRS), n\d n\d (n)P, S(RgS) S(GRGSn), S, P(GRGRS); P(d)m, P\mG; GmrS…


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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: SrRgGmPdnNS
Reverse: SrRGmPdDnNS
Negative: 9-3
Imperfect: 2 (Re, Ni)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (rR—Pd)
Murchanas: none

Quirks: maximal‘ (swaras are optimally ‘spread out’)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Basant Bahaar)
Jazz: Aeolian (dbl. 2nd/3rd/7th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o o o o o • o o • o o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Jaun Bhairav, Joun Bhairava


—Abhijith Shenoy ‘Abhirang’ (2022)—



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