Raga Tilak Kamod
Tilak Kamod is a Hindustani classical raga. The raga emerges from Khamaj thaat.
It is a very melodious raga, and whereas heavy classical genres like Khyals are often based on this raga, light classical genres are more popular in Tilak Kamod. Rarely, a tinge of Komal Ni is also used in this raga. The raga is very close to ragas like Desh, and hence requires a skilful rendition for the differences to be distinct to the listener.
Raga Tilak Kamod is suitable for singing Khyal, Tarana, Thumri, Hori, Geet, Ghazal alike. Also, this Raga is able to show the Shringar Ras, Karun Ras or Bhakti Ras alike. This Rag is particularly sung in Rainy season.
Though the name of the Raga is Tilak Kamod, this Raga has no similarities to Raga Kamod. The notes of this Raga are similar to those of Raga Des, but the way it is rendered is very different, which creates a completely different atmosphere. In Raga Tilak Kamod, Mandra Nishad is a very important resting note (nyas swar), which identifies this Raga. Also, in Avroh, gandhar is used as a resting note (where as in Raga Des, Rishabh is used as a resting note).
The poorvang of this Raga is elaborated as - ,P ,N S R G S ,N ; S R P m G ; S R G S ,N ; - where Gandhar and Nishad are Resting Notes. In Avroh, while coming from Gandhar to Shadj, Rishabh is often skipped. In Aaroh one can spot Rishabh-Pancham (R-P) sangati. In Uttarang, the notes pattern S R m P N S’ ; S’ s P ; D m G ; S R G S ,N ; resembles the pattern in Raga Des, but in Tilak Kamod, Nishad is not elongated. Also, Nishad is sometimes skipped, like - S R m P D ; m P S’ ;
In Avroh, S’ P D m G - are Raga Vachak Notes. In Avroh, Komal Nishad is sometimes rarely used like - S’ P n D m G ; or P n D P ; D m G ; S R G S ,n ; Also, in Avroh, the use of Rishabh is as follows - When the ending note of an Aalap is Nishad then Rishabh is not used but when the ending note is Shadj then Rishabh is used as a Kan Swar. like - P m G S R G S ,N ; P m G S R G (R) S; While rendering a Drut Taan, a straight, S' N D P m G R S (with all Shuddha Notes) may be taken.