Recently I played at the Independence day function for a local association, and ended up playing Raga Desh. Which made me think of other ragas which are related to Desh. In this category lies the beautiful raga Jhinjhoti. For some reason, Bengalis often call this raga Jhijhit…. not quite sure why….
Here’s a brief introduction to Jhinjhoti as I’ve leant it…
Thaat (Parent): Khamaj
Ascending: Aarohan: S R M P D S
Descending: Avrohan: S n D P M G R S
Pakad (Distinctive Phrase): P(lower) D (Lower) S R G – R P M G, S R G n(lower) D (lower) S
Jhinjhoti is a sweet raga, full of emotion and feeling. I visualise bright flowers in a beautiful garden when I think of Jhinjhoti. While it’s considered a light raga, there is no end to plumbing its depths….
In the instrumental tradition, the Shahjahanpur Gharana takes the honours for detailed treatment of Jhinjhoti. In particular, two compositions by Abdullah Khan and Mohammed Amir Khan demand special attention. They are rhythmic, bright, sweet and unique. Under the masters of Shahjahanpur, these have become part of the repertoire of a generation.
I’ll continue this discussion with the first of these compositions in Drut Teentaal.