Wednesday

Raag Kaafi

Raag Kafi uses all seven notes in both its ascending and descending scales, so it is a sampoorna raga (sampoorna means "complete"). Additionally, the same variants of those notes, Sa Re ga ma Pa Dha ni (1 2 ♭3 4 5 6 ♭7), are used in both the ascending and descending scales, making it a symmetric raga. Raag Kafi is pretty with wistful undertones and retains the rustic flavor of its folk roots. It is a very popular raga for "hori," which are songs sung during the festival of Holi. In a classical setting, Raag Kafi is typically performed in the evening hours.

Nikhil Banerjee (sitar)
Raag Kafi