A popular early night raga, Shuddha Kalyan ascends with the same 5 swaras as Bhupali (SRGPDS), and descends with the full 7 of Yaman (SNDPMGRS), leading some to title it ‘Bhoop-Kalyan’. Phrases tend to end on the poorvang-slanted Sa, Re, Ga, or Pa – and both the ‘avroh-only’ swaras (Ni & Ma) must be treated subtly throughout (in Radhika Mohan Maitra’s explanation, “Ni and Ma are ‘astamita’: like rays of the setting sun, which has already sunken below the horizon…”).
—Pandit Jasraj (1989)—
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