• Raag Prabhateshwari •


A seldom-heard raga created by bansuriya Hariprasad Chaurasia, which (to my ears) resembles a blend of the morning Ahir Bhairav and the late night Bageshri. His student Rajendra Teredesai describes it as having “all the hues…beautiful, complex, yet spiritually uplifting…full of pathos and bhakti ras…a state of perpetual divine bliss”. Prakriti with Ahiri, the raga also resembles Parameshwari via regularly skipping Pa in aroha (e.g. Abhisek Borkar’s sarod solo) – although, given its rarity, phraseological tendencies remain somewhat uncodified. Possibly connected to a congruent Mehdi Hasan ghazal (Go Zara Si Baat), although broader information remains scant.

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—Rakesh Chaurasia (2018)—

[alap, e.g. 0:45] mgmn DD, mgmD PP, m(g)m(g)P m, mn DPm\g, mS (P)D, D/mSD n, (Sn)mgr(Sr)S…


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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: Thaat #30, Ahiri, Jaiwanti Todi


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrgmPDnS
Reverse: SRgmPDNS (=Patdeep)
Negative: 3-2-2-2-3 (e.g. Tivrakauns)
Imperfect: 3 (re, Pa, Dha)
Detached: 2 (re, Dha)
Symmetries: mirror (m—N)
Murchanas: Charukeshi set

Quirks: maximal‘ (swaras are optimally ‘spread out’)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Natakapriya
Jazz: Dorian b2
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • o • o • o • o o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–ma
• Names: Prabhateshwari, Prabhatashwaree


—Hariprasad Chaurasia (~2010s)—



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