• Raag Maligoura •


A sandhiprakash raga which draws from Puriya Kalyan, Gauri, Marwa, and Shree. Depending on rendition, Dha may be komal (Ali Akbar Khan), shuddha (Ramprapanna Bhattacharya), or double (Khadim Hussain Khan) – with considerable cross-gharana variance in characteristic phraseologies. Maihar sarodiya Sayak Barua states that “NDNrNP is the heart of the raga”, and, as per Manjiri Asanare-Kelkar’s superb breakdown, the Jaipur-Atrauli incarnation is “a mix of Gauri, Puriya, and a little bit of Kalyan”. While popular in Kirtan and other Sikh devotional forms, Maligoura is only performed semi-regularly on the classical stage – with the most prominent recording being a 1989 Ali Akbar Khan album (gat transcribed below). Also see Dhavalshree (prakriti with the double-Dha Maligoura).

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—Ali Akbar Khan (1989)—

[theme, e.g. 10:58] P P N(D), D(P), P(M), (G)r G, GMPP, P P, N(D), D(P), P(M), (G)r G, SrS P, P…


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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: Dhavalshree


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGMPdDNS
Reverse: SrgGmMdNS
Negative: 4-1-2-5
Imperfect: 2 (Pa, dha)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Gamanasrama
Jazz: Lydian b2 (dbl. 6th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o • o o o o • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Maligoura, Maligaura, Marugaura, Mali Gaura, Maalee Gauraa


—Manjiri Asanare-Kelkar (2020)—



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