• Raag Rageshri Kanada •


A seldom-heard Rageshri variant which incorporates Kanada-flavoured poorvang phrases. The only full-length recording I was able to find is a fascinating 1960 album rendition by Dhrupad vocal legend Rahimuddin Khan Dagar (Ganga Jata Shiv: transcribed below), which incorporates shuddha Re and komal ga in curious adjacent movements such as SR(Gg)G, G(g)R. Intriguingly, the komal ga is often intoned with a notably higher sruti than usual (e.g. SR(Gg)G, G(g)R), at times even crossing the ‘quarter-tone’ boundary to blur its distinction with shuddha Ga (n.b. also see Lagan Gandhar, Kumar Gandharva’s ‘triple-Ga’ creation, as well as the Dagarvani concept of ‘non-zero Sa’). Aside from this take, the only other example I could trace is a riyaz session by bansuriya and environmental activist Satya Vayu (“from a selection of rough recordings”). Compare to prakriti ragas including Malgunji, Lankeshwari, and Neelambari.

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—Rahimuddin Khan Dagar (1990)—

[alap, e.g. 0:05] (n)S, (D)S, n(SnSnS)S, (S)GR(GR) SS, SR(Gg)G, G(g)R S, DR (Sn)DnS(nD), G, S(n)S G, (nSn)S S, n(Sn) S(nSDP), mmGG, GmP (S)n S(n), S(nD) (nR)S, (R)S R(nSPn) n(DP), PmmG, GmP (PS)n, (SnSn)n S…


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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: Malgunji, Bheem, Lankeshwari, Neelambari


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRgGmPDnS
Reverse: SRgmPdDnS
Negative: 2-5-2-3
Imperfect: 1 (Ga)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (gG—Dn)
Murchanas: Bihag set

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


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Dwijavanthi
Jazz: Bebop Dorian (dbl. 3rd)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o o o o • o • o o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–ma
• Names: Rageshri Kanada, Rageshree Kannada


Satya Vayu (2015)




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