• Raag Tanseni Madhuvanti •


A captivating offshoot of Madhuvanti, named ‘Tanseni’ for its use of a Miyan ki Malhar-flavoured double-Ni sangati (although the Nn pairing also appears consecutively in descent). Associated with the Rampur sarangi tradition, most prominently Hamid & Zahid Khan – as per the liner notes to Hamid’s ektal rendition: “it also resembles Multani…it is of Kafi parentage, with accents on Sa & Ma”. Thus far, this LP is the only rendition I can definitively trace (and I’m still not sure when it was released: although given Madhuvanti’s recent origins, first appearing around the 1940s, it could be that the Khans devised their own ‘Tanseni’ variant soon afterwards) – however Bhimsen Joshi appears to have sung some form of ‘Madhuvanti + Malharic nDNS‘ at a 1980 concert in Pune (Kahe Maan Karo). Ripe for resurrection!

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Avroh: SNnDPMgRS

Chalan: e.g. SNS; PNS; SNnDP; PNS(M)g; (S)RS; SgMg; Mg(S)RS; S; SgMg; gMP; MPMg; gMPnDP; PNnDP; MP; (g)Mg; (S)RS; SgMP; gMPN; NS; NgRS: RS: PDNS: nDP; SNnDP; MDP; Mg; Mg(S)RS (OoR)


—Bhimsen Joshi (1980)—

[refrain, e.g. 3:04] (M)DP M\g (gR)S M, MPP, (M)DP M\g (R)S M(g), (MPM)DP M\g (gR)S M(g), MP…


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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: SRgMPDnNS
Reverse: SrRgmMDnS
Negative: 5-3-1-3
Imperfect: 3 (Ma, Dha, ni)
Detached: none
Symmetries: mirror (Gm—nN)
Murchanas: Virat Bhairav (on Re)


–Global Translations–

Carnatic: (~Dharmavati)
Jazz: Lydian b3 (dbl. 7th)
Pitch classes (‘fret-jumps’):

o • o o • • o o • o o o o


• Tanpura: Sa–Pa
• Names: Tanseni Madhuvanti, Tan Seni Madhowanti


—Hamid Khan (~1980s)—



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