Raga Alhaiya Bilawal

   About Raga Alhaiya Bilawal

Raga Alhaiya Bilawal

Alhaiya Bilawal is the most commonly known raga of the Bilawal group of ragas, that are based on the same intervals found in the major scale. Its time of performance is 9am To 12pm. Using komal Nishad in raga Bilawal, makes raga Alhaiya Bilawal, which produces a pleasing serene atmosphere. However, some refer raga Bilawal as raga Alhaiya Bilawal.

The main characteristic of this raga is Vadi Swar is Dhaivat but it is not a Nyas Swar. The Nyas Swar are Pancham and Gandhar. Komal Nishad (n) is rendered between two Dhaivats like S' N D P ; D n D P. Dhaivat-Gandhar Sangati is important and is Taken in Meend. This is a Uttarang Pradhan raga and is expandable in Madhya and Tar Saptaks. 

Alhaiya Bilawal songs are the part of the Indian classical music. Moreover, musicians perform this raga on the based on identical more or less scale of Western music. Due to this reason, musicians say that it is a Bilawal thaat.

Furthermore, Alhaiya and Bilawal are two separate ragas as a point of view of the musicians of the 17th Century. Nowadays, musicians have mixed up these two ragas and gave a name of Alhaiya Bilawal raga. In these two ragas, the main key is M. Many Indian songs have this raga.


   Structure of Raga Alhaiya Bilawal

Thaat : Bilawal

Aroh : S GR G P ND N S'

Avaroha : S' ND hn D P M G MR S

Pakad :  GPDnS, S’NnDP-mGmRS

Vadi : Dha

Samvadi : Ga

Bhaav : Shadj madhyam

Jati : Shadav-Sampoorna

Swaras : Madhyam Varjya in Aaroh. Both Nishads. Rest All Shuddha Swaras.

Related Raga : Hansdhwani, Deskar

Time : First Prahar of the Day (6AM to 9AM), late morning Raga

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   Songs based on Raga Alhaiya Bilawal

India's national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' is based on Raga Alhaiya Bilawal. Also, listed are a few other popular songs :

1) Bhor Aayi Gaya Andhiyara – Bawarchi

2) Sare Ke Sare Gama Ko Le Kar Gate Chale. – Parichay

3) Dil hai chotasa, chotisi aasha - Roja

4) Suhasya Tujhe Manasi Mohi [Marathi]

5) Muzh ko apne gale lagalo

6) Din gele Bhajanavin [Marathi]

7) Yun hasarato ke dag

8) Woh to chale gaye

9) Ichak dana Bechak dana

10) Jao re jogi 

11) Suno Sajna papihene 

Here are a few popular compositions in Raga Alhaiya Bilawal :

1. Jag Uthe Sab Jan Tum

2. Mai Haree So Charkra Dharaa

3. Le Apnee Laakaree Le Apnee Kamalee

4. Gu Na Nahee Prabhoo Ek A Aiso

5. Teharo Naama Nachi Sumirana Keeno




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