Colours of a Raga

Graha Bhedam

Graha Bhedam in audava ragas.

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RJ: Mangala

Graha Bhedam

Graha Bhedam in audava ragas.

The programme features ragas Mohanam, Madhyamavati, Hindolam, Shuddha Saveri and Shuddha Dhanyasi. This list of five audava ragas form a Graha Bhedam set, and changing the tonic note Sa of any of these ragas to any other note will produce the scale of one of the other four ragas. Graha Bhedam is a fascinating concept and also tricky to execute. When graha bhedam is carried out with finesse, the perception of the new raga will be felt without marring the mood of the original raga, but this is hardly as easy as it sounds. However, when central notes - such as the tonic Sa or the dominant Pa - are dropped in the process of doing graha bhedam, it is generally both easier to do and to demonstrate the difference. For instance, dropping both the Sa and the Pa when singing either Pantuvarali or Shubhapantuvarali, or dropping the Sa when singing Hamsanandi, it is relatively easy to glide into and demonstrate Mohanam, for instance.

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