Bairari

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This is an Indian musical raga (composition) that appears in the Sikh tradition from northern India and is part of the Sikh holy scripture called Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji or SGGS for short. Every raga has a strict set of rules which govern the number of notes that can be used; which notes can be used; and their interplay that has to be adhered to for the composition of a tune.

In the SGGS, the Sikh holy Granth (book), there are a total of 60 raga compositions and this raga is the twenty-eighth raga to appear in the series. The composition in this raga appears on a total of only 2 pages from page numbers 719 to 721.

Raag Bairari (ਬੈਰਾੜੀ) – Bairari stimulates the feeling of improving and continuing with a task, which has already been accomplished. It is an unmoving belief that what has been achieved is true and positive, which leads to a hunger and desire to progress to the next stage. Although there is immense confidence in the achievement, there is no conceit or vanity in the accomplishment.

It was used by Guru Ram Das Ji for six short hymns and by Guru Arjan Dev Ji for one. It resembles Purva Kalyan, the main difference being the use of Pa which is strong in Bairari and weak in Purva-Kalyan. Popley places Bairari in the same group as Sri Raga and this would agree with the Ragmala.

The following represents the order of notes that can be used on the ascending and descending phase of the composition and the primary and secondary notes:

Section Punjabi English
Aroh: ਸ ਰ੝ ਗ ਮ’ ਪ ਧ ਨ ਸ Sa Re Ga Ma' Pa Dha Ni Sa
Avroh: ਸ ਨ ਧ ਪ ਮ’ ਗ ਰ੝ ਸ Sa Ni Dha Pa Ma' Ga Re Sa
Vadi: Ga
Samvadi: Dha

In the SGGS there are 2 pages dedicated to this raga from page 719 to 721.

Gurbani Keertan in Raag Bairari

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