• Raag Mohankauns •


As recounted in The Hindu, Mohankauns “was spontaneously created by Ravi Shankar in 1949. On hearing of [Mohandas K.] Gandhi’s death, Pandit-ji was asked by AIR to play a piece dedicated to the Mahatma. On the spot, he created a variation of…Malkauns”. The new raga adds a shuddha Ga in aroha, bringing special prominence to a ‘Ga-Ni-Dhacatchphrase: chosen by Shankar to spell out the Mahatma’s surname [here‘s the sloppily-distilled motif on my own sitar, also audible throughout Shankar’s take, e.g. 1:56, 12:57, & 18:58. And see my Alphamelodics article for more global word-melody!]

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—Ravi Shankar (1981)—



• Classifiers •

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: Exact | Enclosed | Inexact

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

Gaps: Anh. | Hemi. | 3-row | 4-row | 5-row

Symmetries: Mirror | Rotation | Palindr.



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George Howlett is a London-based musician, writer, and teacher (guitars, sitar, tabla, & santoor). Above all I seek to enthuse fellow sonic searchers, interconnecting fresh vibrations with the voices, cultures, and passions behind them. See Homepage for more, and hit me up for Lessons!

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