Raga Pahadi is one of those ragas that is hard to define an ascent or descent for, so here is a simple sol-fa song to demonstrate a few typical note combinations. In this example I have only combined the nine most prominent notes used. It is characterized by a very charming, folksy flavor.
Peace, power, pathos, poignancy: these words together constitute an apposite expression of the aesthetics of the raga Pahadi. The raga is like a lover, unruffled in union, serene in separation, powerful enough to achieve eternal union, but resigned to the painful parting ordained by destiny.
Pahadi, a Kashimiri folk melody in its origin, is a simple raga — one may think of it as a ‘dhoon’.
Raga Pahadi is said to belong to Bilawal thaat. It is sung at all times.
Its Aroha and Avaroha are as follows:
Aroha: S R G P D S'
Avaroha: S' D P G R S.
This is, of course, oversimplification, because any of the twelve notes of the octave can be skillfully included to enhance Pahadi’s ethereal appeal.
Typical phrases in Pahadi:
[The notation with Ma as the Sa]
S, 'D 'P, 'G 'P 'D S.
S, 'D 'D 'P, 'D S R G, G R G S.
Prahar 5 (6 pm - 9 pm)
Tanpura Tuning m
Other Characteristics Performance time is not strictly defined. Can be performed at any time of the day or night.