• Raag Miyan ki Sarang •


A relatively straightforward mixture of Miyan ki Malhar and Brindabani Sarang, which omits Ga throughout in the fashion of the latter raga, while showcasing the former’s nDNS uttarang phrase (Jairazbhoy observes that “Dha is attached to ni, more or less as an ornament”). Refer to assorted vocal renditions by Apoorva Gokhale, K.G. Ginde, Shounak Abhisheki, Basavraj Rajguru, Pandit Jasraj, and Sardarbai Karadgekar (seemingly her only surviving recording) – as well as a rare instrumental take from Ali Akbar Khan. Close to the rare Dhuliya Malhar (as per Ishwarchandra Karkare, “in Miyan ki Sarang, [there is] a little bit [more] in mandra saptak, and you [often] sing RPmR”). Also see other Malhar variants (e.g. Des Malhar & Jayant Malhar) and Sarang compounds (e.g. Samant Sarang & Saraswati Sarang).

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—Apoorva Gokhale (2018)—

[refrains, e.g. 2:05] RSn\P(nP), n\DNS (NSRN); NS mR/P Pm\R mR; NSS (m)Rm, PPn\DNS, RNSn\P(nP), P(nPS)nP; RSn\P(nP), n\DNS


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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: Surdasi Malhar, Samant Sarang


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRmPDnNS
Reverse: SrRgmPnS
Negative: 5-2-1-2-2 (e.g. Adbhut Kalyan)
Imperfect: 2 (Dha, Ni)
Detached: 1 (Ni)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Narayani
Jazz: Bebop Dominant (no 3rd)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o • • o • o • o o o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Miyan ki Sarang, Mian Sarang


—Ali Akbar Khan (1986)—




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