Gurbani Raag: Bairari
|This raga appears in the Ragmala as the first ragini of Sin Raga.
In the Mesakarna. Ragmala (1509), which is almost the same as that
of the Guru Granth Sahib, the first ragini of Siri Raga is given as
Vairati. However, modern sources do not give Bairari nor Vairati but
Barari and Varari as well as Varati are . listed. Kaufmann believes
that all of these names refer to the same raga, Barari. Whether this
is the same as the old Bairari is open to question. The possibility
always exists that Bairari was a regional tune. It was used by Guru
Ram Das for six short hymns and by Guru Arjan for one. The performance
time for Bairari is during the evening hours and it is currently assigned
to the Marva thata. It resembles Purva Kalyan, the main difference
being the use of Pa which is strong in Bairari and weak in Purya-Kalyan.
Popley places Bairari in the same group as Siri Raga and this would
agree with the Ragmala.
Aroh : Ni Re Ga Pa, M'a Ga, M'a Dha Sa
Avroh : Sa Ni D ha P'a, M'a Ga, Pa Ga, Re Sa
|Excerpts taken from Encyclopedia
by Harbans Singh .
Published by Punjabi University, Patiala