RAAG PAHADI TUTORIAL-Indian Classical Music

RAAG PAHADI TUTORIAL-Indian Classical Music:

This is a tutorial about “raag pahadi”. We will also discuss Raag Pahadi notes below.

RAAG PAHADI TUTORIAL-Indian Classical Music

It is believed that the origin of raag pahadi is Kashmir, kashmir is a land of mountains, so
perhaps this name has been taken keeping in mind the land of mountains and valleys. This raag
has been taken from Balawal thatt, its Arohi is (Sa Re Ga Pa Dha), and its Amrohi is
(Sa ne dha pa ma ga re sa), so you must have noticed that in Arohi there are only five notes
whereas in Amrohi there are all seven notes but it must be kept in mind that while taking
Amrohi we will slightly touch the notes (ne and ma) which means we will not stay longer
on these two notes. It’s wadi note is Pa, well you all must be knowing what is meant by wadi
note, the wadi note is the one which is used the most in this raag, its samwadi note(which
is used slightly less than the wadi note) is (sa). Its anowadi note (which means its is used
slightly less than the samwadi note) is (ga), while the amwadi (which is used the least or
not used altogether are (ne or ma). Many bollywood hit songs have been composed in the raag,
so I feel if the student can practice its Arohi and Amrohi perfectly then he would be able to play many
songs based on this raag. Its my suggestion to all that instead of only following the staff
notation (which is also important for the musicians) we must try to find the root of the
composition, that will certainly help in enhancing your musical knowledge about Indian
classical music. Mostly in this raag the note ma or F sharp is considered as the C note or
Sa note. I would suggest that this raag must be practiced in all three octaves to get the
more pleasant effect of the raag. There is one very famous song based on this raag which has
been sung by great singer Mohammad Rafi sahib (Chowdawin ka chand ho ya aftab ho). The
other famous hit song composed by great composer Naushad for film Dulari is (Suhani Raat
dhal chuki na jane tum kab aao gay) and another famous hit song (Chal ud ja re panchi) is
also based on this raag. One very old hit song (Agay bhe jane na tu pechay be jane na tu)
is based on this raag. So to get the exact and correct knowledge of this raag, the above
mentioned songs must be practiced and the formation of notes should be remembered.

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Raag Pahadi amrohi arohi in terms of Indian Music

Raag Pahadi amrohi arohi in terms of Indian Music

Raag Pahadi:

Raag Pahadi is one of the most popular raag in Indian music. Many famous compositions
have been made in Raag Pahadi. It is easy to sing even for a person with little knowledge of music.

raag pahadi indian music theory

Raag Pahadi is the raag of Bilawal thaat. This is the Awodo Raag (5 notes) Ma and Ne are not allowed in this raag.

The main quality of this raag is that it can be sugn anytime.

The lower octave and middle octave notes of this raag when played with fast rhythm, leave amazing musical magic in the mind of the listeners and their
heart beats become faster.

Sa is wadi whereas pa is sumwadi in this raag.

Dha leaves special effect when played in the lower octave. Raag Pahadi also resembles Bhopali at some stage, therefore the experienced performers slightly use Ma so that it’s structure may not sound like Bhopali. In Garanth one pahadi raag has been described in Bahroon thaat but that is not in use now-a-days and is almost a forgotten raag in Bahroon thaat. Notes can freely be used in pahadi raag therefore no special Chaal is being mentioned.


Sa-re-ga-pa-dha-sa(high octave)


sa (high octave)-dha-pa-ga-re-sa-dha (low octave)

Relevant Raag article:

Raag Deshkar-Indian Classical Music Theory