• Raag Shree Kalyan •


Congruent with the seven swaras of Puriya Kalyan (=Marwa thaat), Shree Kalyan is an enchanting product of Kumar Gandharva’s prolific imagination (also see Madhusurja, Lagan Gandhar, Saheli Todi, Rati Bhairav, Bihad Bhairav, and Bhavmat Bhairav). The movements of his main rendition (Dekho Re Rut Phoolan Lagi) place Shree’s tritonal rePa sangati on stark display, with the bandish rendering Pa in curiously ‘clipped’ fashion (rSP), in contrast to the ornament-laden shuddha Dha above. Refer to renditions by Bhuvanesh Komkali, Madhup Mudgal, Abhirang (at a 2017 Gandharva memorial concert), and Ajay Dixit (dedicated to his guru Vijay Sadrdeshmukh) – as well as sitarists Balaram Pathak & Ashok Pathak. Also compare to other ‘Shree + Kalyan‘ compounds such as Jaitashree and Dhavalshree (said by some to be the ‘Maihar Shree Kalyan’). Also prakriti with Baradi.

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[refrain, e.g. 5:04] rG r(S), SP, rG r(S), S(rS)P, PP D(ND) P(D) PG\r, rG r(S), SP


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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: Marwa thaat, Puriya Kalyan, Purva, Baradi


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SrGMPDNS
Reverse: SrgmMdNS
Negative: 4-1-2-3-2 (e.g. Sundarkauns)
Imperfect: 2 (re, Pa)
Detached: none
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: Deepavali (on Pa)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Gamanasrama
Jazz: Lydian b2
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o o • • o • o o • o • o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Shree Kalyan, Shri Kalyan


—Kumar Gandharva (1980s)—



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