Raga Puriya Dhanashri, the Dusky Queen

Sanjeevani Bhelande
Sanjeevani Bhelande

Today’s expert Bollywood Playback and Classical Singer Sanjeevani Bhelande selected Raga Puriya Dhanashri for this week. This is what she had to say about the raga, “The queen of the Sandhiprakash ragas is Puriya Dhanashri. Sandhiprakash means dusk or evening melody.
The peculiar swara combination of teevra Ma, shuddh Ni, Re and Komal Dha, creates an almost haunting effect full of longing. The Marathi classic Jeevlaga raahile re door ghar maaze… uses the melancholy notes of Puriya Dhanashri though technically the chalan is of Shri Gauri. This is most popular amongst the ragas emanating from the Purvi Thaat. As most concerts happen in the evening, most artistes choose Raga Puriya Dhanashri, for their performance. Its jaati is shaadav-sampoorna. Vadi is Pa and samvadi is Re.”

Bollywood and Raga Puriya Dhanashri: The popular bandish in Puriya Dhanashri Payaliya jhankaar was used by AR Rahman at the beginning of the song Haaye Rama yeh kya hua… from Rangeela. Most songs based on this raga adhere to its pure chalan as it is difficult to go out of the raga due to its very typical characteristic phrases. Some songs based on this raga are:

Haye Rama yeh kya hua… Rangeela (1995)

Meri saasonko jo mehka rahi hai… Badalte Rishtey (1978)

Prem lagan mann mein basiya… Soorat Aur Seerat (1962)

Tori jayjaykar… Baiju Bawra (1952)

Rut aa gai re… 1947: Earth (1999)

Tumne kya kya kiya hai hamare liye… Prem Geet (1981)

Kitne dinon ke baad hai aayi Sajna raat milanki… Aayi Milan Ki Raat (1991)


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