• Raag Nandkauns •


A poorvanguttarang blend of Jog and Malkauns (despite the name, there is no trace of Nand). Shuddha ma, as the natural meeting point between these two ragas, assumes the most prominence (sometimes hinting at a ma-murchana of SRgmPnNS) – along with frequent use of a highly expressive n\P glide. Remains rare on the concert platform, although renditions by Parveen Sultana and Amjad Ali Khan have gained renown – also see performances by UK artists Dharambir Singh and Nina Burmi (singing a Chinmoy Lahiri bandish slanted towards Jogkauns: itself a blend of Jog and an older ‘shuddha Ni Malkauns’ offshoot). Prakriti with the Carnatic-imported Vardhini – and also forms one of Chandranandan’s four foundations (along with Malkauns, Chandrakauns, & Kaunsi Kanada).

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Aroha: SGmdnS
Avroh: Sndm, GmgS

Chalan: e.g. S(n)dn; nS; Sng; gS; SGGm; Gm(ndn)dnd; mPGm; SGmP; Gm(S)gS; Sdn; nS; Sng; gS (Parrikar)


—Amjad Ali Khan (1970)—

[refrains, e.g. 0:01] SGmdPm g(m)SS, SSSn\d nnSG m; SGmn\d, mn\dd d/nn\d, mPmGmPG, SgSnS SGmdPm g(m)SS, SSSn\d nnSG 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: Vardhini


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SgGmPdnS
Reverse: SRGmPdDS
Negative: 2-1-4-3-2
Imperfect: 2 (Ga, Pa)
Detached: 1 (Ga)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Ragavardhini
Jazz: Aeolian (no 2nd, dbl. 3rd)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • • o o o • o o • o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–ma
• Names: Nandkauns, Nandakaus, Nand Kaunsi


—Parveen Sultana (1970s)—



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