Lydian Kolyan Raga Yaman in Guitar CMaj scale

North Indian Classical music has many fathers of melody(raga) like Modes in Western Music). They are called THAT in India. THAT Kalyan (Lydian mode: time to play@Evening), THAT Bhairab (Phrygian mode: time to play @ Dawn/ Morning), THAT Ashavori (Aeolian mode: time to play @Late morning) respectively creates an atmosphere of Blessings, Devotion, and Understanding /tolerance/sacrifice. There are so many Ragas (Melody gig) of these Fathers(Mode). Ragas are like children. Raga Yaman is a child rag of That Kolyan. It’s a ritual of a musician to play Rag Yman in the evening from 6 pm till 10 pm. I am wondering what is this ritual for?

How to play Rag Yaman in Guitar? I have tried to play Rag Yman on C major scale with an emphasis on F# note. All other notes are natural (shuddho). It may be played using Key F# minor scale; but to me, it does not sound as good as in CMaj scale. It’s easy to remember it as Rag CMajF# . The local name of the F# note is Kori /Tibro Maa as known in Indian classic music.

F# is the most repeated note among phrases of beats (8/16/32), meter, and rhyme. That Ashavori is the father of Rag Ashavori. Raga Ashavori has siblings. It is a very interesting fact that the child Ashavori takes the name of the father Ashavori. That Ashavori: Raga Ashavori. Hope to write more details about this melody soon.

More interesting fact: The marriage of Ashavori and Kolyan creates a Mishro Rag (Mixo Lydian). Which could be played in any Major Or Minor scale. More to go…

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