• Raag Sundarkauns •


Taking the shape of ‘Malkauns shuddha Dha’ (or ‘Harikauns shuddha ma’), Sundarkauns’ swara set has, as per Tanarang, been unjustly sidelined by previous generations as a ‘Bageshri-ang Chandrakauns’ (“A misnomer…this raga has neither a shuddha Ni indicating Chandrakauns, nor an avroh like Bageshri…so it couldn’t gain much popularity”). The renowned Gwalior vocalist described his revival of this intriguing audav form as “straightforward, and can be expanded freely in all three octaves” – with Abhirang’s rendition highlighting the m-D-S major triad via nyas. Also see other Tanarang creations including Hemshri, Saraswati Kedar, and Jogeshwari Pancham.

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[bandish, e.g. 3:23] S, (n)dnS, Sg, gm, m(ndn) dmP, (P)Gm, Gm\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: SgmDnS
Reverse: SRgPDS (=Shivranjani)
Negative: 2-1-2-2-1-1-3 (e.g. Puriya Kalyan)
Imperfect: 2 (Sa, Dha)
Detached: 1 (Dha)
Symmetries: none
Murchanas: none


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: ~Shivashakti
Jazz: Dorian (no 2nd/5th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • • o • o • • • o o • o


• Tanpura: Sa–ma
• Names: Sundarkauns, Sundarkausi, Sunderkauns, ‘Audav Bageshri‘, ‘Purana Chandrakauns


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