A late night raga, Shahana (literally: ‘of royal demeanour’) is a close cousin of the more famous Bageshri, sharing the same swaras but focusing more on the use of shuddha Dha as a melodic endpoint. Usually classed as a member of the Kanada family, Deepak Raja notes that Shahana is linked in medieval texts to a Persian melody known as ‘Firodast’, and also that poetry set to the raga often features imagery of springtime and monsoons.
—Anupama Bhagwat (2014)—
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