A springtime raga described by Satyaki Dutta as “a flow of a thousand feelings…the advent of new beginnings, painted with gleaming colours and shimmering joy”. Its Zila component places greater emphasis on the double-Ga, while the rest of the raga tends to fit into the thumri-allied Mishra Kafi framework. Almost all recordings are on either sarod (e.g. Ali Akbar Khan) or sitar (notably Nikhil Banerjee). Pleasingly, Zila Kafi appears to be on the resurgence – in keeping with its themes of springtime rejuvenation.
—Amjad Ali Khan (2017)—
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