Raga Nand

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Brinda Roy Chowdhury
Brinda Roy Chowdhury

Brinda Roy Chowdhury is today’s expert and she has selected Raga Nand, for this week. She wanted to say this about the raga, “It is also known as Anandi, Anandi-Kalyan or Nand-Kalyan. The unique combination of notes makes it instantly appealing. This raga has Re swar varjit (not used) in aaroha and all the 7 swaras are there in avaroha. Hence, its Jaati is Shadav- Sampurna. Raga Nand has both shuddh and teevra Ma in it. Rest of the swaras are shuddh. Aaroha is Sa Ga Ma Pa Ga Ma Pa Ni Dha Sa and Avaroha is Sa Ni Dha Pa Dha Ma Pa Ga Ma Dha Pa Re Sa. Raga Nand belongs to Thaat Kalyan. The time to sing it is from 9 PM to midnight. Raga Nand resembles quite a few Ragas in Hindustani Classical music like Raga Bihag, Raga Gaud-Sarang, Raga Hamir, Raga Kamod, etc.”

Bollywood and Raga Nand: Due to its immense similarity with so many other popular ragas, it is hard to find too many Bollywood songs based purely based on Raga Nand. There are many songs which are sometimes a mix of 2 or 3 such similar Ragas. Two particular songs which can be the best examples of Raga Nand and not really having the impressions of other ragas are:

Tu jahan jahan chalega… Mera Saaya (1966)

Suno Sajna papihe ne… Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966)

Some songs have adulterations from other ragas. Here are a few examples:

Laal ishq… Goliyonki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) This song combines Raga Bihag and Raga Nand.

Hamesha tumko chaha… Devdas (2000) This song is based on Raga Yaman, Raga Nand and Raga Shankara.

Jete dao amay dekona… This is a Bengali modern song sung by Asha Bhonsle, composed by RD Burman and it is Raga Nand adulterated by modern tunes.

Brinda sings Raga Nand.

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