Megh Malhar

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Megh Malhar
ThaatKafi
SeasonRainy season
ArohanaS R P m P n (d) N S
AvarohanaS' n P m R g~ m R S
Pakad'n 'P R g~ m R S
VadiSa
SamavadiPa

Megh Malhar is a Hindustani classical raga. The name derives from the Sanskrit word Megh, meaning cloud. Legends say that this raga has the power to bring out rains in the area where it is sung. Megh Malhar is similar to raga Megh with a tint of Malhar in it.

Theory[edit]

Arohana & Avarohana[edit]

Arohana: S R P m P n (d) N S

Avarohana: S' n P m R g~ m R S

Vadi & Samavadi[edit]

In this raga vadi is Sa and samavadi is Pa.

Pakad[edit]

'n 'P R g~ m R S

Organization & Relationships[edit]

Related ragas: Ragas of Malhar family, namely Megh, Miyan ki Malhar, Gaud Malhar, Ramdasi Malhar, Dhuliya Malhar, etc. as well as Madhmad Sarang
Thaat: Kafi.

Behavior[edit]

Samay (Time)[edit]

Late night.

Seasonality[edit]

Raga Megh Malhar is commonly associated with the monsoon season.

Historical Information[edit]

Legend[edit]

There is legend stating that Tansen's physical agony after singing Raga Deepak (Poorvi Thaat) was pacified with listening to Raga Megh Malhar rendered by two sisters, Tana and Riri.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Conway, Neil & Briner, Rob B. Indian Culture: A Critical Understanding of Theory and Research. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, (2005)