Shree (raga)

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Shree is a very old North Indian raga of the Purvi thaat, and has traditionally been associated with Lord Shiva. It also appears in the Sikh tradition from northern India, and is a part of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy text of the Sikhs. The Guru Granth Sahib composition comprises 31 ragas where Shree is the first raga to appear. The raga appears on 80 pages of the composition, from page 14 to 94.

Raga Shree was favoured for religious events and is found in many ancient articles on music. Shree is a rare but popular concert raga today and is considered[by whom?] one of the most famous from among the North Indian classical system. It is traditionally performed at sunset. Its mood is one of majesty combined with prayerful meditation. Guru Nanak, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, and Guru Arjan have composed sacred hymns (Shabads) to be accompanied with this raga. It accompanies about 142 Shabads.

  • Aroh: sa re- ma-, pa ni sa
  • Avroh: sa ni dha-, pa ma- ga re- sa
  • Pakad: sa, re- re- pa, pa ma- ga re-, re- re-, sa
  • Vadi: re-
  • Samvadi: pa

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According to many sources and ancient manuscripts, raga shree is an offspring raag of raga Mahashiri. Which is a really rare raga.

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