• Raag Rageshri •


Working along the lines of a ‘shuddha Ga Bageshri with shades of Khamaj’, Rageshri enjoys popularity among vocalists and instrumentalists alike. Like Bageshri, Re is often weak in ascent, and the maDha sangati is strong – while (unlike Bageshri) Pa is varjit throughout, bringing consistent prominence to the shuddha ma (which is often used to set up descending vakra resolutions such as Gm, mGRS). Although the raga formerly featured both Ni variants, the modern form restricts to the komal only. A night raga, Rageshri’s precise origins are uncertain – however Bor notes that it only rose to Hindustani fame around the turn of the 20th century.

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Aroha: DnSGmDnS
Avroh: SnDmGm(G)RS

Chalan: e.g. DnSGm; SGmD; nDm; GmDn; D(S)nS; DnSG; m(G)RnS; SnDm; GmD; (n)Dm; Gm(G)R; S(n)DnS (Bor/Dasgupta)


—Vilayat Khan (2006)—

[gat themes, e.g. 7:47] SmGmR, S nS, n D, (S)nnS; SSG, GGm, (Dm)Gm, (m)RRS; SmGmR, S nS, n D (S)nnS…


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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: (none found)


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRGPDnS
Reverse: SRgPdnS
Negative: 2-2-3-1-1-3 (e.g. Hemshri)
Imperfect: 2 (Sa, Ga)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (r—P)
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Nattakurinji
Jazz: Mixolydian (no 5th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o • o o • • • o o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–ma (+Dha)
• Names: Rageshri, Rageshree, Rageshwari


—Venkatesh Kumar (2020)—



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