Raga Gaud Malhar

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Raga Gaud Malhar

Raga Gaud Malhar is a raga in Hindustani classical music that combines characteristics of Malhar
and the now extinct raga named Gaud. Raga Gaud Malhar is a very popular raga as it is very impressive and melodious. The raga is also called Gaud by some musicians. This raga is a combination of Gaud Ang, Shuddha Malhar Ang and Bilawal Ang.

Among the oldest Malhars, it predates Miyan Malhar. As the name suggests, the basic building blocks are supplied by Gaud and Shuddha Malhar. Additional material is contributed by Bilawal. Tying these diverse strands together are special sancharis. The poorvanga activity is typically initiated with clusters contributed by Gaud:

S, R G M, M G M G R G S, R G M, P M

The strong, glowing madhyam stands out. The Gaud-inspired tonal phrase paves the way for a segue into Malhar territory: S, RGM, M (M)R (M)R P

Then comes: M (M)R P, D [n] P, G P M

The n in square brackets denotes a shake on that swara (heard in the clips later).

M P (S')D S' (from Shuddha Malhar) or P P N D N S' (from Bilawal) are the two most common modes of uttaranga launch. Also employed to good effect is a straight and quick MPDNS'. Very occasionally there’s the P D n S' in a Khamaj-like manner.


   Raga structure of Gaud Malhar

Thaat : Kafi or Bilawal 

Vaadi : Madhyam

Samvaadi : Shadj

Time : Midnight (9 PM to 12 Night)  2nd prahar of the Night 

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

Mukhya Ang : S R G m ; R G m G m ; G R G (R)S ; m P D n P ; m P D N S' ;

Aaroha : S,RGm,R-P,mPmPDNS'

Avaroha : S',D-n-P,m-P-m,G-m-R-S

Pakad : S,RGm,mPDnPm,GmRS

Jaati : Sampoorn-Sampoorn

Season : Monson

   External Videos of Raga Gaud Malhar

   Songs based on Raga Gaud Malhar

1. Garajat barasat saawan aayo re - Film : Barsaat Ki Raat



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