Friday, June 02, 2017

Raga Asavari

"The origins of the Asavari ragini have been traced to the music played by tribal snake charmers who use wind instruments called Beens to mesmerize snakes with their hypnotic music. The literal breakup of the word Asavari is 'Asi' or Snake, and 'Ari', which means enemy.
This Ragini sings a plaintive, melancholy song of unhappy love. The girl is awaiting her beloved who has not come. The snakes come to offer her consolation in her mistery. This winter raga's hour of performance is in the morning. Poet: On the summit of the sandalwood mount, Robed in peacock plumes, ablaze in dark glory. The serpents dance to the tone of her Bin. This charming one wears them, as bracelets."

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