Gorgeous Raag Multani | Indrani Mukherjee | Kirana-Rampur Khayal | Music of India



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#darbarfestival | Sitarist-scholar Deepak Raja describes Raag Multani: “I associate this raga, in a very personal way, with the oppressive afternoon heat of May in the Indo-Gangetic plains.”
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Learn more about the music:

Indrani Mukherjee is a vocalist from Kolkata, who performs khayal in the Kirana-Rampur style and thumri in Purab Ang. After training in the family she studied under gurus from Allahabad and Benares, and was selected as a scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy. She currently receives taleem from Arun Bhaduri while pursuing a successful performance career. Hear more of Indrani here:
-Todi | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NveYRPITai8
-Lalit | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILCGidVPFxQ
-Bhairavi Dadra | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPnrfh88Do4

Multani is a popular afternoon raga. It draws from Todi thaat, ascending pentatonically with SgMPNS and descending heptatonically with SNdPMgrS. Sa, Pa, and Ni are the melodic focal points, with mandra [low octave] Ni often being used to start phrases. Pa and Sa are the vadi and samvadi [king and queen notes], and Dha and Re should be used very sparingly in the descent.

Sitarist-scholar Deepak Raja describes his response to the raga’s subtly-coloured descent: “I associate this raga, in a very personal way, with the oppressive afternoon heat of May in the Indo-Gangetic plains. The very special treatment of the Re and Dh tones in this raga suggest to me the virtual wilting of the body and the mind under the remorseless tyranny of the North Indian summer.” Raag Madhuvanti is considered to be a descendent of Multani. Listen to more of it here:
-Venkatesh Kumar (khayal) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwONU9X5c5c
-Meeta Pandit (khayal) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akNyxp3tcfQ
-Kumar Mardur (khayal) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLgm_M7faCY

Recorded by Darbar on location in Bawali, West Bengal:
-Indrani Mukherjee (khayal vocal)

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  1. Does anyone know the bandish? (or words she is singing, if not called a bandish.. forgive my ignorance). It seems there are 2-3 lines that come out during the course of her performance

  2. To my mind, Raga Multani evokes emotion similar to that dilapidated temple in the background – a culture and way of life, majestic and glorious at some point in the distant past, allowed to decay and fade by the very people who were entrusted with its protection. Beautifully sung by the master!

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