Raga Bahar

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Raga Bahar

Bahar (also known as Vahar) is a Hindustani classical raga. This raga is very similar (but still distinct) to raga Malhar. This raga is from the Kafi Thaat. 

Certain ragas have seasonal associations. Raga Bahar is usually rendered in the Spring season. Since it is the raga of spring, it can be considered that the raga has shringara rasa. The raag is sung at the Middle Night time. During the spring, it may be sung at any time of the day.  There are a number of film songs which use this rag; 'Chham Chham Nachat Ayi Bahar' and 'Sakal Bana Gagan Chalat Puravai' are two examples. However during any other season, it is a night time rag. 

Raga Bahar is a beautiful Raga that most appropriately brings out nature's beautiful blessings. Renderings with appropriate Khatkas and series of beautifully composed intricate patterns of Taans are conducive to its dynamic fleeting nature. In Raga Bahar, Madhyam is a prominent note, so one should have a Nyas on Madhyam while rendering Aalaps.

Raga Shahana Kanada with Nyas on Pancham is nearest to this melodic format. The combination of this Raga is prominent in Ragas like Basant-Bahar, Bhairav-Bahar, Malkauns-Bahar, Adana-Bahar, Bageshree-Bahar etc.


   Raga structure of Bahar

Thaat : Kafi

Jati : Shadava-sampurna

Aroha : N S M, P G_ M N_ D N S'

Avaroha : S' N_ P, M P G_ M R S

Vadi : ma

Samavadi : Sa

Vishranti Sthan : S; m; P; - S'; m; R;

Mukhya Ang : S m ; P m g m ; n P m ; m n D N S' ; n P m ; P m ; g m R S;

Pakad or Chalan :  The bare scale of this raga has little unique musical meaning, and is, therefore, required to be documented in a manner that incorporates its zigzag phrasing pattern.

R N. S M/ M M P g M / n P M P g M/ P g M n D n P/ g M n D N S' or g M D - N S'/ g' M' R' S'/ R' N S' D n P/ n n P M P g M/ P g M R S

Synonym : Malhar, Kanada Bahar

Similar : Shahana Kanada, Shahana Bahar ,Basant Bahar, Adana Bahar

Season : Spring

Time : Second prahar of the night (9PM to 12Night) or Anytime in Spring Season.

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Compositions in Raga Bahar

1) Aaye Shyam Radhika Sanga - Composer Pt. Gokulotsavji Maharaj

2) Bada Khyal - Sadra: Phooli Sarson Bahar - sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

3) Bada Khyal - Sadra: Aai Ri Basant Bahar -sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

4) Bada Khyal: Rajeev Lochan Siri Ram Ke --sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

5) Chota Khyal: Bagiyan Phulwa Rang Rangile-sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

6) Chota Khyal: Belariyan Phoolan Lagi Ri --sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

7) Chota Khyal: Sajan Ab Phool Khile --sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

8) hota Khyal: Manhar Muskit Kumudini Punj --sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

Songs in Raga Bahar

1) Thumbi Thullal (Movie -Cobra - Tamil song)

2) Chham Chham Nachat Ayi Bahar (Film - Chhaaya, Year - 1961)

3) Re Re Bahar Ayi (Film - Jai Hanumaan, Year - 1973)

4) Sakal Bana Gagan (Film - Mamta, Year - 1966)

5) Kutil Hetu tujha phasala (Marathi)

6) Vasant ki bahar aayee (Marathi)

7) Shar lagala tuza ge (Marathi)

8) Saukya purna devo tumha (Marathi)



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