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Gurbani Raag: Malar


MALAR (MALLAR or MALHAR) Malar is one of the rainy-season ragas performed from June to September. During the monsoons, Malar can be sung at any time of the day or night; otherwise, it is designated for late evening or early morning. Its mood is joyful because the rains cause the crops to grow and the flowers to bloom. Malar is frequently combined with other ragas, particularly Megha. Tansen added some changes to Malhar and this raga is known as Mian ki Malhar. In the Ragmala, Gaund-Malar is described as a ragini of Megha and is the only one with a Malhar name. Today the Malhar ragas are assigned to the Kafi thata. A favourite of Hindu musicians, Malhar was used by Guru Nanak, Guru Angad, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, and Guru Arjan. The pure Malhar is seldom performed today, and it might be heard in one of its combinations.

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

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

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

Vadi: Ma

Samvadi: Sa


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