‘Malay Marutam’ translates as ‘fragrant hill-breeze’. Bansuri maestro Rupak Kulkarni explained to me in a 2018 interview how the raga “is from Carnatic music, which does not give so much attention to the times of day. We have decided to designate it as a morning raag, mainly due to the nature and essence of its notes, which are very close to Ahir Bhairav“. Still considered to have an unstable Northern identity, the swara set resembles ‘Basant Mukhari no ma’.
—Rupak Kulkarni (2019)—
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