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Gurbani Raag: Bilaval

BILAVAL (ancient name Velavali) Bilaval had become the basic scale for North Indian music by the early part of the 19th century. Its tonal relationships are comparable to the Western C- major scale. Bilaval appears in the Ragmala as a ragini of Bhairava, but today it is the head of the Bilaval thata. The Ragmala gives Bilaval as a putra (son) of Bhairav, but no relation between these two ragas is made today. Bilaval is a morning raga to be sung with a feeling of deep devotion and repose, often performed during the hot months. Over 170 hymns were composed to this raga by Guru Nanak, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Aroh : Sa Re Ga, Ma Pa, Dha, Ni Sa

Avroh : Sa Ni Dha, Pa, Ma Ga, Re Sa

Pakar : Ga Re, Ga ~la Dha Pa, Ma Ga, Ma Re Sa

Vadi : Dha

Samvadi : Ga

Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism
by Harbans Singh .
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