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Gurbani Raag: Ramkali

Ramkali is not given in the Ragmdld but is one of the most important rdgas of the Guru Granth Sahib. All Gurus, including Guru Tegh Bahadur, have composed verses to this rdga. The total number of sabdas comes to over three hundred. Ramkali is a morning rdga performed after sunrise usually during the hot season. The mood is such as to inspire lofty thoughts. In the Guru Granth Sahib, a number of hymns in Rainkah expound True Yoga and other spiritual issues. Some celebrated compositions such as Sidha Gosti, Anandu, Sadd, Oarikdr and the Vdr by Satta and Balvand are composed to this raga. Some of the verses also contain analogies to music and musical instruments. Four forms of this rdga are recognized, although only two are in general use today. The raga belongs to the Bhairav thata.

Aroh : Sa Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa

Avroh : Sa Ni Dha Pa, M'a Pa Dha Ni _Dha Pa, Ga Ma Re Sa

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

Vadi : Pa

Samvadi : Re

Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia of Sikhism
by Harbans Singh .
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