Basant Mukhari : Introduction
Basant mukhari (sometimes written as Vasant mukhari) is regarded as a rag belonging to the family of Bhairav. S. N. Ratanjankar, a composer, vocalist and educator belonging to Agra gharana is believed to have popularised Vasant mukhari in the Hindustani tradition (Rao [Raga nidhi I] 1956: 70). The scale of this South Indian rag is a mixture of two rag-s; Bhairav (vide) and Bhairavi (vide). In the lower tetrachord we see Bhairav motif whereas in the upper tetrachord with flat Ni, Bhairavi becomes more prominent.
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