Sorath

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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 fifth raga to appear in the series. The composition in this raga appears on a total of 65 pages from page numbers 595 to 660.

Besides Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Sorath was used by Guru Amar Das Ji, Guru Ram Das Ji, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, and Guru Tegh Bahadar Ji for a total of 150 hymns plus numerous slokas.

Raag Sorath (ਸੋਰਠਿ) – Sorath conveys the feeling of having such a strong belief in something that you want to keep repeating the experience. In fact this feeling of certainty is so strong that you become the belief and live that belief. The atmosphere of Sorath is so powerful, that eventually even the most unresponsive listener will be attracted.

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 ਮ ਪ ਨ ਸ Sa Re Ma Pa Ni Sa
Avroh: ਸ ਰ ਨ੝ ਧ ਮ ਪ ਧ ਮ ਗ ਰ ਸ Sa Re Ni Dha Ma Pa Dha Ma Ga Re Sa
Vadi: Re
Samvadi: Dha

The melodies are characterized by sweeping phrases with glides connecting all leaps, even the shorter ones. Movement is moderately fast.

Gurbani Keertan in Raag Sorath

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