RAG MARWA

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Description

Rag Marwa is considered to be the most fundamental rag in Marwa That.  It is an evening rag that is quite popular.  This rag is unusual in that the tonic is not harmonically well defined; there is no pancham (5th) and the madhyam is tivra rather than shuddha (i.e., there is no natural 4th).  It is this harmonic imbalance that gives marwa its peculiar character.  Considering this imbalance, rag marwa has a surprisingly simple structure.  Re is the vadi and Dha is the samvadi.  It is shadav - shadav due to the total exclusion of pancham (the 5th).  One well known song in this rag is "Payalia Banwari Bhaje".  Marwa's characteristics are:

Arohana

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

Avarohana

Descending structure of Marwa
(general discussion of avarohana)

Jati

Shadav - Shadav - (general discussion of jati)

Time

Evening - (general discussion of time and rag)

That

Marwa That - (general discussion of that)

Drone

Sa - Dha - (general discussion of drone)

For more information check out "Elementary North Indian Vocal"

 


 

Selected Video

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi - Raag Marwa - Bangari Mori

 

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi - Raag Marwa - 'Bangari Mori' - Part 2

 

Ali Akbar Khan - Marwa 01

 

Ali Akbar Khan - Marwa 02

 

Sujay Bobade / Raga Marwa

 

Alan Posselt - Sitar - Marwa

 

Raaga Marwa by Shubhangi Sakhalkar

 


Ustad Amir Khan, Raag Marwa, vilambit

 

Ustad Amir Khan, Raag Marwa, excerpt 2

 

Sudhindra Bhaumik - Raag Marwa (1 of 5)

 

Sudhindra Bhaumik - Raag Marwa (2 of 5)

 

Sudhindra Bhaumik - Raag Marwa (3 of 5)

 

Sudhindra Bhaumik - Raag Marwa (4 of 5)

 

Sudhindra Bhaumik - Raag Marwa (5 of 5)

 

Surmeet Singh - Raag Marwa - Part 1

 

Ashwini Khaparde - Drut Marwa

 

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