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Gurbani Raag: Gujari


The name Gujari probably refers to the state of Gujarat. This ragawas in existence at the time of Raja Man Singh of Gwahor (14861517) who lived at a time of high musical achievement and referred to this raga in his writings about music. Gujari is rarely used as a concert raga today and little is known about its form. In modern times it has been supplanted by Gujari-Todi. In the Ragmaala, Gujari is listed as a ragini of Raga Dipak. Today Gujari-Todi belongs to the Todi thala. GujariTodi may be performed during any season of the year and is assigned to the early morning hours. It produces a mood of thoughtfulness that reaches deep into the heart. Texts set to this raga strip away all subterfuge and make man see himself as he is and search within for the truth. While not one of the most frequently used ragas, Gujari was the setting for compositions by Guru Nanak, Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, and Guru Arjan.

Aroh : Sa Re _Ga M'a Dha Ni Sa

Avroh: Sa Ni Dha M'a Ga Re, Ga Re Sa

Pakar : Sa Dha, Ma, Dha Ni Sa, Ni Dha M'a Ga, Re, Ga Re Sa

Savar : Re Ga Dha M'a

Vadi :Dha

Samvadi : Re


Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism
by Harbans Singh .
Published by Punjabi University, Patiala
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