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Bahar is a very popular springtime rag.  During the spring, it may be sung at any time of the day.  There are a number of film songs which use this rag; "Chham Chham Nachat Ayi Bahar" and "Sakal Bana Gagan Chalat Puravai" are two examples (more examples).  However during any other season, it is a night time ragBahar has a very distinctive character.  It uses both Nishads; it uses shuddha Ni (natural 7th) in the arohana and the komal Ni in the avarohana.  For those who are still inclined towards the Vadi / Samvadi theory, it has been suggested that Ma is the vadi and Sa is the samvadi.  This rag cannot be performed straight but must be executed in a vakra fashion; for it is the characteristic twists which give this rag its form.  The pakad is therefore extremely important.


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


Descending structure of Bahar
(general discussion of avarohana)


Shadav - Sampurna - (general discussion of jati)


Spring - (general discussion of time and rag)


Kafi That - (general discussion of that)


Pakad of Bahar
(general discussion of pakad)


Sa - Pa - (general discussion of drone)

For more information check out "Elementary North Indian Vocal"




Selected Video

Penn Intermediate Sitar Spring '07- Bahar


SMF 2007 - Shashank Maktedar - Bahar


Ustad Mohammad Hussain Khan Sarahang-Bahar


Budhwa Mangal - Benaras 2004


Raag Bahar By Ustad Munshi Raziuddin & His Great Sons.


Pt. Yashpaul Ji of Agra Gharana - Raga Bahar 'Rutt Basant'


Raag Bahar - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 1/3


Raag Bahar - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 2/3


Raag Bahar - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 3/3


Live in Concert- Ustad Sarahang (Bahar)




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