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Pilu is a raga (melodic mode) of Indian classical music. It is mostly used in light-classical forms, like the Khayal, of north Indian classical style.

Aroha and Avaroha[edit]

Arohana 'P 'N S g m P N S'
'N S G m P N S'
S G m P D S'
S R m P N S'

Avarohana S' N D P m G m P g R S 'N S
S' N S' D n D P m G m P G P m g R S 'N S
Some performances include shades of tivra MA

Vadi and Samavadi[edit]

G as vadi N as samvadi

Pakad or Chalan[edit]

S g R g S R 'N S, G m n P g - S
S g R S 'N S 'N - 'P 'd 'P 'N S - g R g 'N S

Organization and relationships[edit]

Related ragas: Kirwani resembles an ancient kind of Pilu

Thaat: Bhatkhande classified Pilu in the Kafi thaat,[1]).

Samay (time)[edit]

3rd part of day.


Often related to the monsoon season


Shaant (Peaceful)



Historical information[edit]


Important recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Jairazbhoy(1995)
  2. ^ Lavezzoli, Peter (2006). The Dawn of Indian Music in the West. A&C Black. p. 63. ISBN 0826418155. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 


Bor, Joep (c. 1997), The Raga Guide, Charlottesville,Virginia: Nimbus Records 
Jairazbhoy, N.A. (1995), The Rags of North Indian Music: Their Structure & Evolution, Bombay: Popular Prakashan .
Bhatkhande, Vishnu Narayan (1968–73), Kramika Pustaka Malika, Hathras: Sangeet Karyalaya .

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