• Raag Suha •


Suha is an afternoon Kanada raga which draws inspiration from Darbari, Megh, and Sarang, while also sharing significant overlap with the prakriti Nayaki Kanada and Gaudgiri Malhar (also see the overlapping Sughrai, and their hybridSuha-Sughrai). Information regarding the raga’s melodic movements is scant: Ocean of Ragas gives a vadisamvadi of maSa, noting that komal dha may sometimes appear in the descent (somewhat mirroring shuddha Dha’s optional status in Sughrai), with the Kanada-ang presented via m\g meend and gmRS conclusion phrases. Rajan Parrikar recommends renditions by Mushtaq Hussain (“adopts the RmRP cluster on the mukhda…and an avirbhav of Sarang”), Latafat Hussain Khan (“deviates from the canonical Suha [via] SRmg”), and Kishori Amonkar (“a strong ma is suggested, although never quite realised…”). Also see Suha Todi.

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Aroha: nS, gm, PnmPS
Avroh: SnP, mP, gm, Pgm, RS

Chalan: signature, e.g. nS(m)g; (m)gm; (m)g; m(P)nP; (P)nmPS; Pn; P(m)gm; RS (Parrikar)


—Manilal Nag (1985)—

[refrain, e.g. 20:09] RR g(mgPmgm) R(g) R(g) S, n(Sn) SR(gS)R g(mgmgmg), R(gRgRgR), S, n(RS) S(gR) g(m), R(SR) nS(RSn), P(nP)…


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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: Nayaki Kanada, Gaudgiri Malhar


–Swara Geometries–

Core form: SRgmPnS
Reverse: SRmPDnS (=Gorakh Kalyan)
Negative: 2-3-2-2-1-2 (=itself)
Imperfect: 1 (Re)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (Rg—dD)
Murchanas: Shankara set

Quirks: ‘self-shadowing‘ (negative form=core form) • ‘atritonal‘ (no available tritones)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Pushpalathika
Jazz: Aeolian (no 6th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o o • o • o • • o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Suha, Suha Kanada, Suhakanhara


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