Raag Sur Malhar
Sur malhar (also called Surdasi malhar) is regarded as a combination of 2 raags - Sarang and Malhar
Tone material: Sa Re ma Pa Dha ni Ni
Pa and high Sa are important notes. Dha features only in the descent. Natural Ni is used in the ascent while flat Ni is included in the descent. The general movement of the raag is around the high Sa. In fact many compositions in this raag commence on the middle Sa but soon take off to high Sa. Re /Pa is a characteristic glide indicative of its Malhar association.
Some characteristic phrases:
ma \ Re Ni Sa /Sa (high Sa)
Re ma Pa ni Dha Pa
Some musicians, especially from the dhrupad tradition, use flat Ga in this raag (ibid), however, this is not a common practice. When used, Ga features in a phrase- g m R S. The texts of vocal compositions are full of vivid descriptions of the rains. the composition presented here also depicts the same theme.
The ascent in Sur malhar is very similar to that of raag Brindavani sarang (vide). However, the phrase S-n D m P n D P in the descent makes it distinct from the latter.
Time: Any time during the rainy season