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Nat Narayan Raga

Updated: Mar 9

I am delighted to present the sixth and final figurative form of Indian classical music, Nat Narayan Raga. I have observed notable distinctions in this musical cadence and its associated form that have piqued my interest. While contemporary Indian vocalists suggest that the rhythm has lost its efficacy in Indian classical music, a captivating mythological tale has motivated me to delve into this melody further.


Lord Shiva's mouth is the source of all music, while Raag-Nat Narayan emanates from his consort Parvati's mouth. Symbolic of power, this raag evokes strength and encourages battle. Its six spouses are Pahari, Deshi, Kedari, Kamodi, Natika, and Humberi. Magnificent and heroic in nature, it boasts a golden body with blood adorning its entirety as it wanders on the battlefield astride its horse with an unsheathed sword.


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Raga Nat Narayan 1650-1660

As previously mentioned in my articles, the original rendition was likely lost in the London conflagration. Unfortunately, no antique miniature paintings of this Raag have been discovered thus far. Nevertheless, I found a painting of this Raga depicted probably from 1650-60 c.e. published by the National Museum of Delhi. I noticed that this painting didn't follow the description written in the musical scripture. The unknown artist probably followed his artistic perspective instead of the actual description.


The discussion of Indian Raga Mala Paintings is now finished. Let me know how you enjoy it.


Next, I will discuss the world's first grammatical concept of painting. So stay tuned to this blog to discover something unique! Thank you.

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