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Gurbani Raag Nut Narain


In the Ragmala, Nat is given as putra (son) of Megha while today Nat Narain appears under the Bilaval thata and is assigned to the evening hours. This raga was used by Guru Ram Das and Guru Arjan. Nat Narain is pictured as a warrior riding to battle. In the Holy Book, the fight against sin is never ending but those who seek refuge in the Lord have their suffering removed.

Aroh : Sa Ga Ma Re, M'a Pa' Dha Ni Sa

Avroh : Sa Dha Pa M'a Dha Pa, Ga Ma Re Sa

Pakar : Sa Ma Ga Ma Pa, Dha Pa, Ma, Ga Ma Re Sa

Vadi: : Sa

Samvadi : Re

Introduction:

According to Bhai Kahn Singh Nabha this raga emerges from the Bilawal thaht.

In the Ragamala listed at the end of Guru Granth Sahib, this raga is listed as a son of raga Megh.

The scale and notes of the raga are as follows:

Arohi (ascending scale) - sa re ga ma ga pa dha ni sa

Avrohi (descending scale) - sa ni pa ma re sa

The vadi (most popular) note is 'pa' and samvadi (second most popular) note is 're'.

This raga is sung at the third part of night i.e., from 12 a.m. to 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 975- 983 (9 pages).

The Composers:

The composers of bani (hymns) in this raga are:

Gurus

  • Guru Ramdas
  • Guru Arjan Dev

Bhagats:

No bhagat bani

The structure:

The sequence of the structure of compositions in this raga are:

Gurubani:

  • Shabads (2,3,4, padas)
  • Shabads (8 padas, Ashtpadis)

Matrix

VISUAL ANALYSIS

Count of the use of Managals:

  • Complete Mool Mantar = 1 at page 975
  • Ik-ongkar Satgur Prasadh = 5

Placement and count of rahau verses:

All shabads and ashtpadis, except one ashtpadi (page 983, ashtpadi 6) have rahau verses with numeral placed in the beginning of the compositions.

Diversification of headings & subheadings in this raga:

Page number

Heading/Subheading

975

Raga Nut Narain Mehla 4

977

Nut Narain Mehla 4 Partal

978

Nut Narain Mehla 5 dopadae

980

Nut Partal Mehla 5


Composers Structure of Bani

 

Padas

 

 

 

 

Ashtpadis

Specialist

 

Chts

Specialist

Var

Sloaks*

Gurus

2

3

4

5

6

8 (padas)

untiled

Titled

 

 

 

 

Ramdas

3

 

6

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arjan

Dev

8

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Pds= padas
  • Chts = Chhants

Excerpts taken from:
Guru Granth Sahib: An Advance Study
Dr Sukhbir Singh Kapoor
Vice Chancellor World Sikh University, London