Thursday, February 08, 2007


Marwa resembles its pronunciation.

Just as you finish saying it, you can feel a rather warm afternoon coming to much awaited end and yet feel the heat that wind is still carrying to you. Make that a day in fall. Leaves are parting from their parent trees. The wind is collecting these dry remains and hurling them all over the place. You can see the sun going down through the bare branches of trees. A lone bird doing circles in the sky. The mood is not too cheerful, not too sad either. The harsh realities of life are in front of you: the Fall is at its peak. But at the same time, the nature is looking forward to spring. You aren't able to lose the connection to the past yet can't wait for the future.

That's when Marwa strikes you. That's when Marwa is most effective. That's when Marwa touches you the most. Yes. That's when you know that something has moved inside you, something has changed.

As such the notes are simple : 'N-r-G-M-D-,N-D-S' in aaroha and N-r'-ND,M-G-r,'N-'D-S in awaroha. The notes make it shadav-shadav or six-notes raagaa. As a characteristic this raagaa is recited in the lower notes (and that gives it a serious tone). The komal re and dha are the important notes of stress. The teevra Ma in conjunction with ga and komal re creates the evening atmosphere. The ni--re combination gives the raagaa a 'windy' feel. Of course, the wind is slow and warm. Along with vocal (that too by artists who have very good bass voice) you should listen to this raagaa on a wind instrument.

Some good pointers are: A short piece by Pt. Jasraj | A more general listing

This is no easy raagaa to recite. And by no means easy to listen too!

1 comment:

Atanu said...

Thanks. Delightful.