Raga Kalingada


Our Indian Classical Music Expert Brinda Roy Chowdhury is back with Raga Kalingada this week. She says, “Raga Kalingada has very similar sounds like Raga Bhairav. They have the same set of notes and komal swaras. Re and Dha are komal and the rest are shuddh. Jaati is sampoorna and Thaat is Bhairav. Yet the execution of the notes makes it slightly different and distinct. Raga Kalingada has a soothing and calm nature. The main difference between Raga Bhairav and Raga Kalingada is that in Raga Bhairav, we hold the komal Re for a much longer time than we can do in Kalingada. The Ga is the most dominating swara in Raga Kalingada. Aaroh: Sa Re (komal) Ga Ma Pa Dha (komal) Ni Sa. Avroh: Sa Ni Dha (komal) Pa Ma Ga Re (komal) Sa. Pakad: Dha (komal) Pa Ga Ma Ga, Ni Sa re (komal) Ga.”

Bollywood and Raga Kalingada:

This raga is generally used to compose emotional songs in Bollywood. As Bollywood has not maintained the raga distinction in most of its compositions, many people like to believe the same song to be based on Raga Bhairav or Raga Kalingada or Raga Ahir Bhairav and even sometimes, it can be a mix of all the above. Yet there are compositions, which are unarguably showing the Kalingada execution in them and hence I have chosen those songs for today’s article based on Kalingada.

Mohe bhool gaye sawariya… Baiju Bawra (1952)

Meri veena tum bin roye… Dekh Kabira Roya (1957)

Ram teri ganga maili ho gayi… Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985)

Ab tere bin jee lenge hum… Ashiqui (1990)

Jotone hridoye rekho… – Bengali devotional song by Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty

Man lagyo mero yaar faqeeri mein… – Traditional Kabir Bhajan


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  1. Anyone can sing but not anyone can explain the way you do it Brinda. Only word i can think of is outstanding… it feels good when u can relate few songs.. and now i know how do they make mashups of multiple songs …
    Every time i come to this site is just because of your expert knowledge in music.. and ur way of explaining everything in detail just blows mind .. thank you and plz keep writing

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