Gurbani Raag Malar
It is a very serene raga. It helps to create a congenial atmosphere and spreads the fragrance of love, unity and divinity
This raga is mentioned as first ragini of of raga Meg in the Ragamala listed at the end of Guru Granth Sahib.
The scale and notes of the raga are as follows:
Arohi (ascending scale) - sa re ga ma, ma re pa, ni dha ni sa
Avrohi (descending scale) - sa, dha ni pa, ma ga ma, re sa ma re sa
The vadi (most popular) note is 'ma' and samvadi (second most popular) note is 'sa'.
This raga is sung in the third part of the night i.e., 12 a.m. 3 a.m. The season of its recitation is rainy (varsha) i.e., during July - August. In Guru Granth Sahib it has hymns from pages 1254 - 1293 ( 40 pages).
The composers of bani (hymns) in this raga are:
The sequence of the structure of compositions in this raga are:
Count of the use of Managals:
Placement and count of rahau verses:
First 35 shabads have one rahau verse, numbered and placed at the end of the first padas of the shabads; in the next 18 shabads, the placing of the rahau verses is in the beginning of the shabads; in the next 4 shabads the placing is again at the end of the first padas of the shabads, in the last 8 shabads the placing is again shifted at the start of the shabads.
In the ashtpadis, the rahau verses are placed at the end of the first padas, and all verses have numeral 1 with them.
In the Bhagat Bath the rahau verses have numerals, except the last shabad, and are placed in the beginning of the shabads.
Diversification of headings & subheadings in this raga:
Composers Structure of Bani