Beautiful Ragas from the Khamaj Garden- Raga Jhinjhoti

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…

Raga Jhinjhoti

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.



2 thoughts on “Beautiful Ragas from the Khamaj Garden- Raga Jhinjhoti

  1. Would differ from you on the aroha avaroha of raga Jhinjhoti as i have learnt on the sitar from my Guru Pt. Santosh Bandyopadhyay of the Rampur Senia gharana :
    Aroha : S R M P N D S or S R M P N D P D S ( simple S R M P D S aroha as mentioned by you would render it same as the raga Durga)
    Avoroha : S N D P M G R G S
    Irrespective of how bengalis call it, Raga Jhinjhoti is also often called “Jhanjhatiya” by many musicians because of its ‘bakra chalan’ as evident above.

    with regards,
    Arunava Chatterjee

    1. Thank you Arunava for your comments. I’ve heard and seen different arohan/avrohan for Jhinjhoti (a quick search will yield several ones e.g Subhra Guha of ITC SRA has the same one as I’ve put together).

      Anyway, Aaroha and Avroha are there as a guide, and do not define the raga entirely.
      Personally, I find Jhinjhoti quite easily to comprehend, so not too much trouble… there are some beautiful Jhinjhoti compositions from the Shahjahanpur school (one’s on my Youtube), so I quite enjoy the raga. Regards, Rahul

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