Thursday

Raag Bahar

Bahar is an example of a very circuitous raga. The note ga (♭3) in this raga, for instance, is typically accessed through Pa (5) and followed by ma (4) in circular constructions like "ma Pa ga ma" (4 5 ♭3 4). You would not typically find ga being used in straight constructions like "Re ga ma" (2 ♭3 4), "ga ma Pa" (♭3 4 5), or "ma ga Re" (4 ♭3 2) in this raga. Another example is the note Dha (6), which is typically accessed through flat ni (♭7) and followed by natural Ni (7) in the circular phrase "ni Dha Ni Sa' " (♭7 6 7 8). It is never used in this raga in constructions like "Pa Dha Ni" (5, 6, 7) or "ni Dha Pa" (♭7 6 5). Bahar means spring, and Raag Bahar is filled with the lightness and joyous celebration of springtime. It is sung throughout the spring season during the early afternoon hours and lends itself best to a lively tempo.


Veena Sahasrabudhe (vocal)
Raag Bahar