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Jun
15
2015
Raag Charukeshi
Author: Aruna

A beautiful and soulful raga for this summer morning: Raag Charukeshi, performed by Ustad Shahid Parvez.

Growing up in a traditional South Indian home, Carnatic ragas bring me closest to my childhood memories. However, as my son is learning santoor, I’m forced to educate myself about (and appreciate) Hindustani ragas. Enter Raag Charukeshi – a Carnatic raga adapted to Hindustani style and hence, a divine blend of North and South.

The piece above by Ustad Shahid Parvez is my favourite: for me, it evokes cautious devotion and lingering hope – 2 emotions that I always harbour inside. I can’t wait to hear my son play this on santoor.

For the (emergent) Indian music enthusiasts, Raag Charukeshi is a sampoorna raga (meaning it contains all 7 swaras (notes)). The ascending/descending scale is as follows:

ārohaṇa: S R2 G3 M1 P D1 N2 S
avarohaṇa: S N2 D1 P M1 G3 R2 S

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