Raga Mand

   About Raga Mand

Mand or Maand is the famous style of singing in Rajasthan. It is well recognized in classical circles and this style is very important in folk-songs of Rajasthan. This is neither accepted as a full-fledged Raga nor is it reckoned among the freely rendered folk songs. It is very near the Thumri or the Ghazal. It is the exclusive contribution of Rajasthani folklore to the classical music of India. It is the Rajasthan’s most sophisticated style of folk music and is most exclusive contribution to the classical music of India. The basic format belongs to the folk tune of which is sung during festive occasions like birthday and marriages.

The famous Rajasthani song Kesariya Balam is in the Mand style. Some famous Mand singers are: Allah Jilai Bai from Bikaner, Mangi Bai Arya from Udaipur and last but not the least Gavari Bai (also known as Gavri Devi) from Jodhpur.

Maand is a flittering light melody which sounds natural but is rendered with much difficulty. No Bada-Khayals are composed in this format. Mostly light entertainment types dominate the compositions. Bhajans and Ghazals are aptly composed in this Raag. The basic format belongs to the folk tune of Rajasthan, which is the sung during festive occasions like birthdays, marriages etc.


   Structure of Raga Mand

Thaat : Bilawal

Swaras : All Shuddha Swaras 

Jati : Sampurna-Sampurna Vakra 
Vadi : Shadj

Samvadi : Pancham 

Time : 2nd Prahar of the Night (9 PM - 12 Night)

Vishranti Sthan : S m P - S' D m G 

Mukhya Ang : G m P D S' N D; D P m; m P G R G S 

Aaroh : S R G m P D N P D S' 

Avroh : S' N D P m G R G S;

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   Songs based on Raga Mand

Some of the popular film songs based on Maand raga are : 

1. Bachpan Ki Mohabbat Ko – Baiju Bawara
2. Tu Chanda Main Chandani – Reshma Aur Shera
3. Do Dil Tute , Do Dil Haare – Heer Ranjha
4. Ab To Hai Tumase – Abhiman
5. Thade Rahiyo – Pakeezah
6.  Kesariya Balmaa – Lekin
7. Morani Bagaagan Main Dore Aadhi Raat Ma - Lamhe

Pardesi Balamva Murlivale, Salaj Panihari Jamuna Jat, Bhar Aaye Sajan Bin Nain are some of the popular compositions in Raga Mand.

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