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(Bilaaval) Bilaval 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 Thirty Fourth raga to appear in the series. The composition in this raga appears on a total of 48 pages from page numbers 795 to 843.

Raag Bilaval (ਬਿਲਾਵਲ) – Bilaval conveys the emotions of great happiness that come from having attained a goal or achieved an aim. It is an overwhelming feeling of fulfilment, satisfaction and joy, that is experienced when the accomplishments is very important and dear to you. The happiness felt is like laughing out loud, there is no planning or any ulterior motive; it’s just a natural expression of heartfelt happiness arising from a sense of achievement.

Over 170 hymns were composed to this raga by Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Amar Das Ji, Guru Ram Das Ji, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, and Guru Tegh Bahadar Ji.

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
Pakar: ਗ ਰ, ਗ ਮ ਧ ਪ, ਮ ਗ, ਮ ਰ ਸ Ga Re, Ga Ma Dha Pa, Ma Ga, Ma Re Sa
Vadi: Dha
Samvadi: Ga

Gurbani Keertan in Raag Bilawal

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