Raga Jaitsree

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Raga Jaitasree or Jaitasri

This is an India musical raga (composition) that appears in the Sikh tradition from northern India and is part of the Sikh holy scripture called Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Jaitsri does not appear in the Ragmala nor is it found in the modern literature on the subject. Bhatkhande gives,Jait-Kalyan but this is not to be confused with the above. However, jaitsri does appear in a 17th century classification, but not in later ones. Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadur composed 30 hymns, a var and several slokas to this raga. Today raga Jait is found under the Marva thaat and is assigned to the evening hours. A mood of gentle quietness and mystery pervades this raga. The texts describe the meditative thoughts of a devotee who has surrendered himself to his Guru and Lord. Raga Jait has two forms and the second includes some elements from Sin Raga and perhaps this is nearest the original Jaitsri.

In Sanskrit Granths Jaitsree is refered to as Jaishree Jayant Sri etc. In Guru Granth Sahib it occurs as Jaitsree. Only great singers can sing a difficult and entertaining raga with purity. Jaitsri brings about peace and happiness. To get happiness one has to leave the mind’s lazy nature and seek Guru’s Grace by imbibing the Nam jewel in one’s heart.

Jaitsiri conveys the heartfelt emotion of not being able to live without someone. Its mood is preoccupied with feelings of dependence and an overwhelming sense of desperately reaching out to be with that person.

According to Norther school of Music this raga is classified as a ragini. It is made up of a mixture of Dhanasri, Dhani and Sri ragas. This raga is not included in the Ragamala listed at the end of Guru Granth Sahib.


   Raga structure of Jaitsree

Thaat : Poorvi

Jaati : Aurav – Sampooran

Aroh : Sa Ga Ma Pa Ni Sa

Avroh : Sa Ni _Dha Pa Ma Ga Re Sa

Pakad : Sa, Ga Pa M'a Dha Pa M'a Ga,M'a  Ga Re Sa
Vadi : Ga

Samvadi : Ni

Because of the two different ways of singing this raga, melodic patterns are not fixed

Time : Third/Fourth quarter of the day. The season of its recitation is winter (shisher) , during December and January.

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