• Raag Prabhat (Bhairav) •


A morning form summarised by Bose as “a combination of three or four ragas dominated by the Bhairav-ang…with a touch of Lalit-ang only in the avroh (where both Ma come together)…The vadi Ma separates Prabhat Bhairav from Bhairav, while Pa keeps it away from Lalit” (also see the nearby Lalit Pancham). Pakad include GmG; rSrS; dNS; GmdP; mGr; GmMGrS. See an excellent demo by Mrinal Dhongade, who summarises it as “heart-warming: an uttarang-pradhan raga, with repeated nyas on shuddha ma”. Prakriti with Paraj and Poorvi – and thus far, the exclusive realm of vocalists.

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[bandish, e.g. 3:14] S(d)NS, G, G/m(GmG), G(mG)PmG\r S, SSS, S(NrS)N\d, dNSS, SG mG, PmG\r S, Sr/d(PdP), P(m), mPm(GmG), rGmMMG, r/dM(rdM), rS; S(d)NS, G


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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: Paraj, Paraj Kalingada, Poorvi


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGmMPdNS
Reverse: SrGmMPdNS (=itself)
Negative: 4-1-6-1
Imperfect: 2 (Pa, dha)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (S—M)
Murchanas: none

Quirks: ‘palindromic‘ (same intervals forwards & backwards)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Kamavardhini
Jazz: Double Harmonic (dbl. 4th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o o o o o • • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Prabhat Bhairav, Prabhata, Prabhati


—Mrinal Dhongade (2010)—



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