• 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 Lankeshwari and Neelambari.

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Aroha: nS, DnSGm, DnS
Avroh: SnDPm, GmgRS

Chalan: e.g. nS; DnSGm(n)DnS; DnSRGS; Gmg; RSnSnD; Pm; GmgRS; nS; DnS; gSm (Sharma)


—Jayshree Patnekar (2017)—

[bandish, e.g. 1:25] (G)m (GmRGR)Gm S, SRGPD(nDnDP), P(D)P(Dn)D n(DnDPmG)m (mGmRG)m, m\g(mg) (SgS)RS, Smg/m(gm)S, nS(g)S, Dn SG(mGRG)m, m\g g/mR R (g)S, gS(gS)PnSG m


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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: Bheem, Lankeshwari, Rageshri Kanada, Neelambari


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRgGmPDnS
Reverse: SRgmPdDnS
Negative: 2-5-2-3
Imperfect: 1 (Ga)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (gG—Dn)
Murchanas: Bihag set

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


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Natakurinji
Jazz: Bebop Dorian (dbl. 3rd)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o o o o • o • o o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Malgunji, Malagunji, Malgunjari


—Allauddin Khan (1930s)—



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