• Raag Salagavarali •


A rareAhiri no ma’ scale, combining a Todi-like poorvang with an Ahir Bhairavic uttarang. As per Parrikar: “S.N. Ratanjankar conceived of this raga…ma is eliminated to yield the following contour: SrgPDnDS; SnDPgPrgrS. Brilliantly exploited by Jitendra Abhisheki in a celebrated natyageeta. Watch out for the injection of a vivadi dosha via tivra Ma”. Likely derived from the Carnatic Shadvidhmargini (‘one with the path to 100 forms of knowledge’), the 46th melakarta: and also see other Ratanjankar-linked ragas such as Viyogavarali, Devgandhari Todi, & Basant Mukhari.

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[motif, e.g. 0:44] S/rgP, PD, P(DnDPDnD) D(P), S/rgP, PD


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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: SRgmDNS
Negative: 3-2-1-1-2-3
Imperfect: 4 (re, Pa, Dha, ni)
Detached: 2 (re, Dha)
Symmetries: mirror (m—N)
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Shadvidamargini
Jazz: Dorian b2 (no 4th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • o • • • o • o o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa (+ga)
• Names: Salagavarali, Salag Varali, Salagbarali


—Jitendra Abhisheki (~1980s)—



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