• Raag Puriya Kalyan •


Effectively combining the poorvang of Puriya Dhanashree with the uttarang of Yaman, Puriya Kalyan covers the seven swaras of Marwa thaat. Pa is prominent in descent, but may be skipped in Kalyanic ascending passages such as MDNS – and Sa is often omitted in both upward and downward motions, with mandra saptak Ni favoured as a melodic starting point (Tanarang gives combinations including NrG, GMMG, MDNDP; GMDNSN, DNrSNDP; MrG, rS). Raja highlights its proximity with Purva, recounting that “At a concert in L.A. in 1991, Vilayat Khan [argued] that Purva is the same as Puriya Kalyan…[However] Bhatkhande looked at this issue in the 1940s, when Purva was a mature raga and Puriya Kalyan had just begun to gain acceptance…and concluded that they are, indeed, different…[he] connected Puriya Kalyan the [Carnatic] Gamanashrama parent scale…and Purva he attributes to a combination of Poorvi, Maru, and Gauri”. Modern renditions span the spectrum of ‘Puriya add Pa’ to ‘Yaman komal re’.

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[refrain, e.g. 0:27] (M)P M(PG) GM, G (Gr)N NrGMG\r S, (M)P M(PG) GM


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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.


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: S-r-G-M-P-D-N-S
Reverse: SrgmMdNS (=none)
Inverse: ni; SGmPnS (=none)
Imperfect: 2 (re, Pa)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Deepavali (on Pa)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: Purvikalyani
Jazz: Lydian b2
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o • o o • o • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa (+Ni)
• Names: Puriya Kalyan, Puria Kalyan, Pooriya Kalyana, Poorva Kalyan


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