Raga Dhani

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Raga Dhani

Dhani is a pentatonic raga in Hindustani classical music. It is a sprightly raga often described as Bhimpalasi sans the notes, Dha and Re. It however has its own distinct character. Dhani is frequently heard in popular music.

Raga Dhani is a light and playful Raga, hence Vilambit Khyals are not very prevalent, instead Drut or Madhya Lay Shringar or Bhakti Ras compositions are apt. This Raga is considered a Kshudra Raga. Raga Dhani is considered as a 'sweet and romantic version of Raga Malkauns.' Raga Malkauns is very devotional in nature, while Raga Dhani is very romantic in nature. 

Komal Gandhar is a very powerful and Nyas swar and the Raga is expanded around this note. Komal Nishad is also a Nyas swar. Not long ago, Rishabh was not considered Varjya in Avroh and hence the Jati of this Raga was considered Audhav-Shadhav. But in present times, Raga Dhani is rendered with Rishabh Varjya in Avroh and the Jati of this Raga is Audhav-Audhav. However, sometimes some vocalists rarely use Rishabh in Avroh to beautify the Raga.


   Raga structure of Dhani

That : Kafi

Jati : Audhav - Audhav

Vadi : G

Samvadi : N

Aroh : N_ S G_ M P N_ S'
Avroh : S' N_ P M' G_ R S
Pakad : S' N_ P M' G_ R S
Time : Anytime in Monsoon or 3rd Prahar of the Day (12Noon to 3PM) 

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   Songs based on Raga Dhani

Songs in Raga Dhani

1) Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyara - Film : Chitchor (1976)

2) Kabhi tanhaaiyon mein yoon hamaari yaad aayegi

3) Prabhu tero naam, jo dhyaaye phal paaye - Film : Hum Dono  (1961)

4) Dil Mein Tujhe Bitha Ke -Film : Fakira (1976)

5) Hawaon Pe Likhdo Hawaon Ke Naam - Film : Do Dooni Chaar (1970)

6) Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha Kuchh Bhi Nahi - Film : Anupama (1966)

7) Raat Bhi Hai Kuchh Bheegi Bheegi - Film : Mujhe Jeene Do (1963)


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

1) Bada Khyal: Ratiyan Katat Mori

2) Chota Khyal: Baalam Aaye Pardes Gavan Kar



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