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RAG KHAMMAJ (KHAMAJ)

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Description

This rag is one of the most common in Indian music.  Although it is used in the classical styles, its romantic character makes it much more appropriate to the semi-classical and lighter styles.  It is traditionally ascribed to the second part of the night.  "Kuch To Log Lahenge" and "Nazar Lagi Raja Tore Bungal Par", are two well known examples of common songs in this rag.  There are many other popular film songs in Khammaj as well.

Rag Khammaj has a clear musical structure.  It is a shadav-sampurna rag due to the ommission of the Re in the arohana.  Even in the avarohana, the Re is durbal (weak).  The vadi is Ga and the samvadi is Ni.  Undoubtedly its method of using Nishad is one of its most defining characteristics; it is shuddha (i.e., natural 7th) in the arohana but it is komal (i.e., minor 7th) in the avarohana.

Arohana

Ascending structure for Khammaj
(general discussion of arohana) - (general discussion of notation)

Avarohana

Descending structure of khammaj
(general discussion of avarohana)

Jati

Shadav - Sampurna - (general discussion of jati)

Time

Second Part of Night - (general discussion of time and rag)

That

Khammaj That - (general discussion of that)

Pakad

Pakad for Khammaj
(general discussion of pakad)

Drone

Sa - Pa - (general discussion of drone)

For more information check out "Elementary North Indian Vocal"

 


 

Selected Video

Khamaj Dhun

 

SMF 2006 - Chaitanya Kunte - Khamaj Tappa

 

Raag Khamaj - Ustad Bismillah Khan's tune

 

Rohan Dasgupta, Raag Mishra Khamaj Dhun, Keharva Taal

 


SMF 2005 - Saniya Patankar - Khamaj Tappa & Des

 

Sitar Recital :Ramprapanna Bhattacharya, Raag Khamaj

 


DHUN IN 6 BEATS IN KHAMAJ -SITAR- SAMEEP KULKARNI-PART1 OF 2

 

DHUN IN 6 BEATS IN KHAMAJ -SITAR- SAMEEP KULKARNI-PART2 OF 2

 

Khamaj Dhun

 

Esha Bandyopadhyay - Thumri - Raga Khamaj

 

Thumri in raag khamaj : Kaun gali gayo shyam

 

 

 

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