Raga Dhanashree

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Dhanashree or Dhanasri

Dhanashree is an Indian classical raga that also appears in the Sikh tradition from northern India and is part of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Raga Dhanashree appears in the Ragmala as a ragini of Malkauns and currently is a member of the Kafi thaat. It closely resembles Bhimpalasi in musical content but the vadis and moods are different. Dhanashree is performed in the early afternoon and presents a cheerful, happy mood. It provided the setting for hymns by Guru Nanak, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadar for a total of 101 hymns.

This Raga is almost exactly the same as the Classical Raga Bhimpalasi, only that the Vadi / Samvadi are switched. So in Bhimpalasi, the Vadi is Ma and Samvadi is Sa. Pa is given considerable emphasis and Ni and Pa receive sliding approaches, a characteristic of this raga. The pentatonic ascent provides some of the melodic features of this raga.

Raga Dhanashree is rendered in two flavors - Bhairavi Ang and Bheempalasi Ang. In both of these flavors, Rishabh and Dhaivat are Varjya in Aaroh and Avroh is Sampurna.

In Raga Dhanashree with Bhairavi Ang, Rishabh, Gandhar, Dhaivat and Nishad are Komal, whereas in Raga Dhanashree with Bheempalasi Ang (Thaat Kafi), only Gandhar and Nishad are Komal. But, Aaroh of Both types of Raga Dhanashree is the same - ,n S g m P n S'. But Avroh of Raga Dhanashree with Bhairavi Ang is - S' n d P m P g m g r S , and Avroh of Raag Dhanashree with Bheempalasi Ang is - S' n D P m P g m g R S.


   Raga structure Dhanashree

Thaat : Kafi

Jaati : Audava – sampurana

Aroh : ni Sa ga Ma Pa ni Sa

Avroh : Sa ni Dha Pa Ma Pa ga Re Sa

Vadi : Sa

Samvadi : Pa

Vishranti Sthan : S; P; - S'; P; g;

Mukhya Ang : S; g m P n d P ; P d m P g ; m g r S ; g m P g r S ;

Time : Third pehar of the day (3PM to 6PM)

Swaras : Rishabh and Dhaivat Varjya in Aaroh. Rishabh, Gandhar, Dhaivat and Nishad Komal. Rest all Shuddha Swaras.

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   Songs based on Raga Dhanashree

These bandishes are composed by Acharya Vishwanath Rao Ringe 'Tanarang' and sung by Shri Prakash Vishwanath Ringe.

1) Bada Khyal: Ho Harjaai Tum Aaye Ab

2) Bada Khyal: Phoolan Ki Kaliyan

3) Chota Khyal: Kabahu Bisare Nahi Tanarang So

4) Chota Khyal: Kajrare Nain Albele

5) Chota Khyal: Karam Karo Kartar Sai

6) Chota Khyal: Maan Le Kahi Mori

7) Chota Khyal: Saajan Aaye More Mandarwa

8) Chota Khyal, Dadra: Aayo Sakhi Sawanwa

9) Tarana : Dre Tan De Re Na Ud Tan Derena
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