Raga Gara

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Raga Gara

Gara is a Hindustani classical raga belonging to the Khamaj Thaat. This raga is similar to raga Jaijaiwanti. Both ragas i.e. raga Jaijaiwanti and raga Gara, have the same svaras. Gara is a rare raga. It is rendered in the late evening.  The raga uses all the seven notes, six in the ascent and seven in the descent. Therefore the Jati of the raga is Shaadav-Sampurna. While some say that seven svaras are played in the ascent and seven in the descent. Therefore the Jati then becomes Sampurna-Sampurna. It uses both, the Komal (flat) and Shuddha (full) Nishad, and all other notes are Shuddha (full).  The derivative ragas out of this structure are grouped under the broad head of Khamaj Thaat. Gara belongs to a family of melodic entities, which were apparently derived from folk melodies, and entered art-music in association with the thumri genre. This family includes ragas like Kafi, Piloo, Jangula, Barwa, and Zilla, along with several others. This raga expresses the feeling of happiness and satisfaction of achievement, however it simultaneously conveys the sadness of losing. This raga is also a vivacious and romantic one.

Raga Jaijaiwanti bears the closest resemblance to Gara. However some also believe that raga Gara is a combination of Khamaj, Piloo and Jhinjhoti. The raga belongs to the Khamaj parent scale, and is characterised by a notional scale-base at Pa of the lower octave, rather than the customary Sa. Sometimes it is considered to be in the Kafi parent scale too.

Raga Gara can also be influenced by certain ragas like, raga Maand or even raga Bhinna Shadja, raga Pancham se Gara, raga Pahadi, raga Piloo, raga Sindura, raga Zilla and raga Manjh Khamaj in terms of playing Thumris or Bhajans (Semi-classical music).  But this doesn't include the Raga Vistar (aalap) or Khyal Gayaki (Classical music) because a ragas original composition and structure doesn't change in the raga vistar. This factor may change in the semi-classical forms of any raga.

Full-scale khayal style presentations of Gara were popular with Agra gharana vocalists from the 1940s to the 1960s. During that period, some instrumentalists adopted several Agra favourites. Gara was one of them. If you think you have never heard Gara as an additive fragrance, think again. The song Mohe panghat pe Nandalal chhed gayo re in the film Mughal-e-Azam, is composed in Panchamse-Gara.


   Raga structure of Gara

Thaat : Khamaj Some consider Gara in the Kafi Thaat.

Jati : Sampurna - Sampurna 

Aroh : S G (komal) m P D N S 

Avaroh : S N D P m G (komal) S

Vadi : Ga

Samavadi : Ni

Synonym : Jaijaiwanti, Piloo

Equivalent Raga : Dwijavanthi

Pakad : R g R S D n P D N S G M R g R 

Chalan : R g R S D n P D N S G M R g R

Time : First prahar of the night (6 PM to 9PM)

Bhatkhande regards the raga as time-neutral. Other authorities and common practice accept its performance between 9 pm and midnight.

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   Songs based on Raga Gara

Songs in Raga Gara

1) Aise To Na Dekho  (Film - Teen Deviyan, 1965)

2) Diwana Kahe Ke Aaj Mujhe Phir Pukariye (Film - Mulzim, 1963)

3) Jivan Me Piya Tera Sath Rahe (Film - Gunj Uthi Shehnai, 1959)

4) Kabhi Khud Pe Kabhi Haalaath Pe Ronaa Aayaa
( Film - Hum Dono, 1961)

5) Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek Rang Hain (Film - Guide,1965)

6) Mohe Panghat Pe Nandalal Ched Gayo Re (Film - Mughal-e-Azam, 1960 )

7) Hamsafar Saath Apna Chhod Chale (Film - Aakhri Dav, 1958 )

8) Unke Khayal Aye To Ate Chale Gaye (Film - Laal Pathar, 1971)

9)  Hui Sham Unka Khayal Aa Gaya ( Film - Mere Hamdam Mere Dost , 1968)

10) Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram (Bhajan - non-film song)

11) Me lata tu Kalpataru ( Marathi)



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