Kedara (Gurmukhi: ਕੇਦਾਰਾ) This is an India 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 forty - seventh raga to appear in the series. The composition in this raga appears on a total of 7 pages from page numbers 1118 to 1125.
Kedara is an old raga dating from Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s time or even earlier, which has become a very important and popular North Indian raga today. It is supposed to possess magical qualities, if correctly performed, which can heal the sick. Kedara was used by Guru Ram Das Ji, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Bhagat Kabir Ji, and Bhagat Ravidaas Ji for a few short hymns. Several forms of Kedara have been and are still in use. Thus considerable freedom of choice may be exercised by the performer as to how they want to be perform to raga in association with a given text.
Raag Kedara (ਕੇਦਾਰਾ) – Kedara expresses and makes the mind aware of the true character and nature of the soul. It conveys the emotions of honesty, integrity and truthfulness in a practical and caring way. This approach highlights the soul’s character and is memorable, so that the mind is made aware, without arousing cynicism.
|Aroh:||ਸ ਮ ਪ ਧ ਨ ਸ||Sa Ma Pa Dha Ni Sa|
|Avroh:||ਸ ਨ ਧ ਪ ਮ’ ਪ ਧ ਪ ਮ ਰ ਸ||Sa Ni Dha Pa Ma' Pa Dha Pa Ma Re Sa|
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