• Raag Shivranjani •


A spellbinding scale resembling ‘Bhupali komal ga’ (or ‘Kafi no ma/ni’), Shivranjani’s melodies (described by Kalakar as “plaintive, haunting”) are said to appease the destructive rage of Lord Shiva (also see Malkauns). Tanarang gives essential combinations including SRgP; PDPgR; gRgSR DS, although it may arrive in mishra form – rare for a pentatonic raga (e.g. the double-sitar jugalbandi below by my own gurus Shivnath & Deobrat Mishra: technically, a ‘mishra-Mishra’ rendition). Derived from the Carnatic Sivranjani – and generally more popular with instrumentalists than vocalists (although Lata Mangeshkar has set it in filmi). Also see my collaborator Jesse Bannister’s solo saxophone take, recorded in a highly resonant Cumbrian Cave.

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—Shivnath & Deobrat Mishra (2013)—

[mishra refrain, e.g. 3:37] DSgg, gRS, RRgR, (R)SSGG, GPDP, ggRS(R)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: (none found)


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRgPDS
Reverse: SgmDnS (=Sundarkauns)
Negative: 2-3-1-1-2-2-1 (e.g. Kedar)
Imperfect: 2 (ga, Dha)
Detached: 1 (ga)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Shivranjani set


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: Sivaranjani
Jazz: Dorian (no 4th/7th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o o • • • o • o • • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa (+ga)
• Names: Shivranjani, Sivranjani


—Jesse Bannister (2011)—




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