• Raag Rang Malhar •


From my 2018 Darbar interview with Rupak Kulkarni: “Rang Malhar happened by chance. It was the rainy season, and I was playing in a monsoon festival. I was the last performer, and by the time my turn came then all types of Malhar family ragas had been played already. I thought I should come up with a different one: and Rang Malhar [‘Colourful Malhar’] came out. It is quite a unique combination, mixing Shuddha Sarang and Miyan ki Malhar”. Seemingly just a one-off for this particular occasion, and so far unrecorded in any official format (…the swara set suggested below is just an ‘addition’ of its two parents). Also see Miyan ki Sarang.

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—Rupak Kulkarni (2018)—

[Malhar/Sarang motifs, e.g.] SR(m)R, m\R/P, MMP, nDNS, RSn\P, gmRS…


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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: SRgmMPDnNS
Reverse: SrRgmMPDnS
Negative: 5-3-4
Imperfect: 2 (Ma, Dha)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Enayetkhani Kanada (on Pa)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Kapi)
Jazz: Dorian (dbl. 4th/7th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o o • o o o • o o o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Rang Malhar


—Rupak Kulkarni interview (2018)—

(hear Kulkarni play Shuddha Sarang, one of Rang Malhar’s parents)



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