Bahaduri Todi

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Raga Bahaduri Todi

As the name suggests, rag Bahaduri todi belongs to the Todi family. The rag is mainly favored by the vocalists of Jaipur – Atrauli gharana.

This highly vakra raga employs both rishabs, komal gandhar, komal dhaivat, and shuddha madhyam.  The disparate constituents are tied together by special sancharis and the intonation is mediated by meends. This is an exceedingly beautiful raga, known for its aesthetic unity despite of its convoluted structure.  

The preferred strategy draws on Desi for the arohi development in the poorvanga.  The eventual termination of the melodic sorties draws on the Todi anga.

Two versions of this raga are in vogue and the tonal material given here is representative of the variety of Bahaduri todi presented on the accompanying recording by Aslam Khan, in which both flat and natural Re are included. This variety can be regarded as a mixture of Todi and Bhairavi.  In addition, there is some semblance to rag Desi (vide) with a phrase like R g S R n S.

Generally, natural Re is used in ascent, whereas the descent includes flat Re. As is evident from this recording, both Re-s can be oscillated. r g r s is a phrase indicative of its affiliation to Todi family. Ga and Dha are prominent notes and can be sustained. Ma can also be held in a typical movement – S m, whereas it is avoided in a movement – g P. Many phrases end on Pa.

Some characteristic phrases:
r \n d S
n- S R g SR g –
g p m d P n d ~ P
R, g- r S

Other version of Bahaduri todi has flat Re, Ga, Dha and Ni and includes sharp Ma in addition to natural Ma (ibid: 240). The variety of Bahaduri todi presented here has similarity to rag Bhairavi (vide) and rag Bilaskhani todi (vide). However, emphasis on Ga with the characteristic phrase S R g R g makes Bahaduri todi stand apart. Moreover, in Bhairavi, often other chromatic notes are also included, which is not the case in Bahaduri todi. The presence of natural Re makes Bahaduri todi distinct from Bilaskhani todi.


   Raga structure of Bahaduri Todi

Thaat : Todi 

Aroh : R - 'n - S - R - g - (S)R - g, m - P - (N)d - S'

Avroh : S' - r' - n - d - m - g - R, g - (S)R - g, r - S

Pakad : R - 'n - S - R - g - (S)R - g, P - R - g - S - R - 'n, r - g - r - S

Time : First prahar of the day (6AM to 9AM)

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