Raga Shankara

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Raga Shankara

Shankara is a raga in Hindustani classical music, the raga is of audav-shadav nature. It has five swaras (notes) in the arohana (ascent) and six in the avarohana (descent). All the swaras are used are shudhha swaras, no komal swara is used. It is an Uttaranga pradhan raga, with the higher notes on the saptak (octave) being used more frequently.

Shankara is considered a solemn and dignified raga that is difficult to master.Veer-Rasa (Roudra Roop for Tandav of Lord Shankara) is the best expression of this Raag. 

Raga Shankara’s immense popularity and prestige derive not merely from a share in the Lord’s name. The raga is the musical embodiment of his personality, comporting with all its attributes: raudra, veera, irrascible, volatile, capricious and, above all, cool. This high-powered melody is the subject of our present exposé. This is filed under the Bilawal thaat corresponding to the 29th Carnatic melakarta, Shankarabharanam. 

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   Structure Raga Shankara

Thaat : Bilaval

Jati : Audhav-Shadhav Vakra

Aroh : Sa Ga Pa Ni Dha Sa Ni Sa

Avaroh : Sa Ni Dha Pa, Ga Pa Ga (Re) Re Sa

Pakad : Sa Ni Pa Ga Pa Re Ga Re Sa

Vadi : Ga

Samavadi : Ni

Pakad : Ni Dha Sa* Ni - Pa, Ga Pa Ga Sa

Swaras : Rishabh and Madhyam Varjya in Aaroh, Madhyam Varjya in Avroh.  All Shuddha Swaras.(Dhaivat is weak i.e. occasional)

Time : Third prahar of raga ( 12 night to 3 AM)

Similar : Hansadhvani

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Marathi and Hindi songs in Shankara Rag

Raga Shankara is a rarely used raga in the film music.Therefore this melodious song is a rare treat for classical music lovers.Sung by Lata Mangeshkar and composed by Shankar-Jaikishan, this song is picturised on dancing star Padmini.She was one of the three famous Bharatnatyam exponent 'Travancore-Sisters'( Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini ).The lyrics " Jhanan jhanjhana ke apni payal, chali main aaj mat poochho kahan.."also relate us with the dance.

1)  Aga nach nach nach radhe
2) Madhu Milnat ya 
3) Mar hi tratika ramachandra 
4) Mi jaya harma maya
5) Aaj jinkila gauri shankar
6) Katu yojna hi
7) Guru parmatma paeshu 
8) Vishwa natya sutradhar 
9) Bemuravat Bewafa Begana E Dil Aap Hai-Film : Sushila (1966)
10) Yeh Desh Pardes -Film : Des Pardes (1978)
11) Jhanan Jhan Jhna Ke Apni Payal -Film : Aashiq (1962)
12) Rumajhum Rumajhum Chaal Tihari - Film : Tansen (1943)
13) Sakhi Ri Pee Ka Naam - Film : Sati Savitri (1964)
14) Bolo Bolo Kanha Bolo Chaliya- Film - Chaliya



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