Gunakri Raag Description

Rag Gunakri is also known as Gunakari. Although some musicians also refer to this rag as Gunakali, the latter is supposed to be distinct from rag Gunakri (Bhatkhande [KPM V] 1974: 373). While Gunakri has affinity to rag Bhairav, Gunakali belongs to the Bilaval group of rag-s, having natural notes.

Tone material:  S r m P d

The ascent and descent can be simple and direct. Certain characteristics of Bhairav are noted in this rag, such as the oscillating Re & Dha, and the glide – m \r. Gunakri is also a serious and peaceful rag akin to Bhairav.

Some characteristic phrases:
d /S
r M \r ~
S r m P d ~
S \d ~ P

Rag Jogiya has the same pentatonic ascent as Gunakri. However, the former has Ni in the descent and there is no oscillation for Re, as there is in Gunakri, which concentrates on the first half of the octave, whereas Jogiya has movements in the second half. Gunkri is mostly used in khayal and dhrupad, and Jogiya in thumri.

Time: early morning (ibid)

Among morning Raags, Gunkri is essentially an epitome of Bhakti and Karuna. This Raag belongs to Bhairav Thaat. This is a Meend Pradhan Raag. Using Komal Rishabh and Komal Dhaivat in Raag Durga makes way for Raag Gunkri.

Gunkri is a straightforward Raag and can be freely expanded in all the three octaves. The following combination of notes creates the special atmosphere:

,d ,d S ; r r S ; r m ; m m P m ; P P d m ; P m r ; r S ,d ,d S; m P d S’ ; S’ r’ S’ d P ; r’ S’ d P ; d m P d ; m r S ;

 

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