Raga Shyam Kalyan
Raga Shyam Kalyan is a very melodious raga. Raga Shyam Kalyan is a very sweet raga. It is a mixture of wellness and orgasmic organs. It is a mixture of Kalyan Ang and Kamod Ang (G m P G m R S).
There are few things to be kept in mind while singing Shyam Kalyan. Gandhar is not forbidden in Aaroh, still one should not render G M P N S', rather R M P N S' is rendered. Gandhar is used in Aaroh like G m P G m R S. In general, Avroh is like this: S' N D P M P D P ; G m P G m R S. In Avroh, sometimes Nishad can be skipped like - P S' S' R' S' N S' D P.
Raga Shuddha Sarang is nearest to this raga, where Dhaivat is taken as Kan-Swar in Avroh. Whereas in Shyam Kalyan Dhaivat is rendered Deergh as in Kalyan Ang. Presence of Gandhar in Shyam Kalyan also separates it from Shuddha Sarang.
Raga Shuddh sarang and Shyam kalyan have some similarity; although the former doesn’t include Ga. The concluding phrase – G m R S helps to maintain the impression of Shyam kalyan. Although this phrase also occurs in raga Kamod, dominance of sharp Ma and Ni in Shyam kalyan gives it a distinct character.
A chalan bheda within the Kalyan framework and an overlay of the Kamod signature G M P G M R S are the chief features of raga Shyam Kalyan. Although one observes idiosyncratic touches across various stylistic schools, chiefly in the poorvanga, the core of the raga is almost universally acknowledged. It goes without saying that a certain musical maturity is required to abstract away the central themes.