Raga Pilu

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Our Indian Classical Music Expert Brinda Roy Chowdhury has come up with Raga Pilu for this week. According to her, “Raga Pilu is the most popular choice in composing the semi-classical forms like thumri, kajri in Indian Classical music. Raga Pilu comes under Thaat Kaafi. Jaati is Sampurna and almost all the 12 swaras are used in some way in this raga, i.e., 7 shuddh notes and 5 komal notes. Vaadi is Ga and Samvadi swara is Ni. It is said that Pilu is a mixture of Raga Bhimpalasi, Raga Bhairavi and Raga Gauri. Many ancient musicians refused to term Pilu as a Raga and termed it as a Raga Dhoom.”

Bollywood and Raga Pilu:

Raga Pilu is one of the most popular choices in Bollywood to compose songs. As I sat down to list the songs based on Raga Pilu, the list was getting longer and longer. So, I chose the following:

Kaali ghata chaay mora jiya tarsaaye… Sujata (1959)

Mohe panghat pe Nandlal… Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

Ab ke baras bhej… Bandini (1963)

Ae meri zohrajabeen… Waqt (1965)

Tumhari aadaon pe main vaari vaari… Mangal Pandey (2005)

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2 responses to “Raga Pilu”

  1. Aaaaaaahhhh… i wish if i could listen to it .. whole day whole night …classical music has a very unique way of keeping a hold one to the listener, and as it is Brinda being such a well trained singer .. she captivates…

    I would again like to thank the whole team of lemonwire .. for making it possible

  2. This rendition was such a feel-good one!! There is some good vibe about the Raag Pilu. Thank you, Gayatri, for putting together another rich post. Superb singing by the thorough and professional, Brinda Roy Choudhury!

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