Rāga Bilāval is the aśraya rāga of Bilāval thāṭ. In this session, we will consider this rāga carefully, and probe its relationship to its parent thāṭ. We begin by discussing the basic characteristics of the rāga, as it is understood today. Closely allied to Rāga Bilāval is Alhaiyā Bilāval. Indeed, many do not consider these two rāgas to be different from each other. We provide arguments for each conjecture, considering these two rāgas to be the same, as well as the opposite hypothesis, that they are significantly differentiated from one another, providing evidence for each position. We look at the canon of compositions in Bilāval, drawing from different repertoires, and attempt to deduce an evolutionary trajectory for the rāga. We then abstract out the characteristics of the rāgānga Bilāval and discuss briefly some of the other rāgas that are found in the rāgānga. We also look in a cursory fashion at nearby rāgāngas and how they are differentiated from Bilāval. We end by considering rāgas in traditions outside of Hindustānī music that bear a melodic resemblance to Bilāval.Admission is free to all sessions in this series. Attendees have the option of donating both before and during the stream. Donations will help facilitate research and support future programming.
This event is co-organized by the Society for Indian Music and Arts (SIMA) and the Indian Classical Music Society of Vancouver (ICMSV).