• Raag Malgunji •


Roughly describable as a ‘Khamajang Bageshri with a Rageshri-like shuddha Ga in aroha’, Malgunji is a multicoloured form, beloved by Gwalior vocalists (as well as Maihar sitarist Nikhil Banerjee). Some artists also feature a vivadi of shuddha Ni (often as mDNS, likely indicating the influence of Gara). Tanarang, aiming to evoke a “deep atmosphere”, gives a pakad of SDNSRGm – while Parrikar explains how the strong shuddha ga and ma are applied in phrases such as GmD, while being balanced by Bageshri-style mgRS descents. Swara-congruent with Sorath, Lankeshwari, and Neelambari.

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Uttarang: PDNS | PDS | PNS | DNS

Varjit: Re | Ga | Ma | Pa | Dha | Ni

Double: rR | gG | mM | dD | nN

Thaat: Exact | Enclosed | Inexact

Chal: All-shuddha | All-komal | Ma-tivra

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