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There are special ragas for a special time. For example they say Bhupalam is best played in the morning. Does anyone have a list of ragas and their auspicious times? Much appreciated.

-- vahini (v4viva@hotmail.com), July 04, 2002


Hi Vahini

I have a couple of ragas for you

Amirthavarshini - to be played / sung for rain Neelambari - Lullaby

I am sorry I cannot help you more.. Good luck

Regards Sangeetha

-- Sangeetha Shankar (happyghee@yahoo.com.au), September 17, 2002.

Hi Vahini,

There is a serial by name "Rudraveena" being telecast by SUN T.V at 8.30 PM IST. The Serial starts with a Raga, its Arohanam, Avarohanam and features of the Raga.

May be, you could check this if you have access to SUN T.V.

Sriram, Singapore

-- Sriram (subramaniamsri@hotmail.com), September 26, 2002.

Hi Vahini, Bilahari is best when sung during 6 am- 8 am, and 6 pm- 8 pm.Another pioneering info.. I don't know whether you'll be knowing this.. Singing 'Aahiri' in the morn will deprive you of food that day.. Kumar

-- Kumar S (s_kumar159@yahoo.com), November 24, 2002.

There are Ragas associated with the rainy season (Raga Megha and Raga Malhar), the autumn season (Raga Basant) and the spring season (Raga Bahar). Seasonal Ragas can be sung and played any time of the day and night during the season allotted to them. The obligation of time in case of such melodies is relaxed.

Ragas having their Vadi note in the Poorvang region (Sa - Pa) are usually played during evening and Ragas having their Vadi note in the Uttarang region (Pa - Sa) are usually performed during morning. As an example, Raga Bhairava is an Uttarang Raga. Its Vadi note is Komal Dhaivata (flat 6th), therefore its performing time is during the morning hours.

Ragas to be performed during the hours of twilight and dusk, when neither the day, nor the night dominate, are called Sandhi Prakash Ragas. The approximate allotted time of such melodies is between 4 and 7 in the morning or evening. In both cases, the notes Rishbha (2nd) and Dhaivata (6th) are usually flat and the Gandhar (3rd) is natural.

In the mid-morning Ragas there is frequent use of the natural fourth (Shudha Madhyama), while in the mid-evening Ragas the sharp fourth (Tivar Madhyama) note is frequently employed. The sharp fourth is often described as the guiding note. A description of this note in one of the ancient music books goes like this, " Just as by a drop of curd a jar of sweet milk is converted to a quality of yogurt, so by the introduction of the sharp fourth, all noon melodies are turned into afternoon melodies".

See Ragopedia Vol. 1 by Shiv Dayal Batish and Ashwin Batish ISBN 1-882319-00-1



-- sonika (soniqua@aol.com), December 23, 2002.

This is a question rather than an answer, what are the slowest types of ragas? I am a massage therapist that would like to find something in the raga genre to play while giving a massage.

-- Michelle Dragoo (dragoos@attbi.com), May 19, 2003.

1) Hindole Raga - only at dawn in the spring and is to evoke the mood of universal love. 2) Deepaka Raga - durring the evening of the summer, to arouse compassion. 3) Megha Raga - melody for midday opf the rainny season and is to evoke courage 4) Bhairava Raga - mornings of August, September and OCtober to achieve tanquility 5) Sri Raga - used for Autum twilights to attain true love 6) Malkoaunsa Raga - at midnights of winter for valor

From - Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramanhansa Yogananda

-- Scott S. (scottpcv113@msn.com), June 24, 2003.

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