Pūrvi, (पूर्वी in the Devanāgarī script) sometimes transliterated as Poorvi is a Thaat raga; that is, its notes represent the material of a whole family of North Indian ragas. Purvi has a deeply serious, quiet and somewhat mystical character. It is uncommon in performances today.

Aroha & Avaroha

Arohana S r G M P d N S'
Thus: C D-flat E F-sharp G A-flat B c
in German : C Des E Fis G As H C
in Aroha S and P are often avoided, specially in fast taans.

Avarohana S' N d P M G r S

Vadi & Samavadi

Ga and Ni

Pakad or Chalan


Organization & Relationships

Thaat: Purvi is the main raga of Purvi Thaat.

Samay (Time)


Related Ragas

Puriya Dhanashree




Raga-Kalpadruma: Charming and beautiful, scantily dressed, lotus-eyed Puravi appears at the end of the day. Idle and sleepy, she suffers from the pangs of separation and dreams only of her lover[1]
Cattvarimsacchata-Raga-Nirupanam:Master of archery, seated on an elephant and dressed in white, Purvika has a splendid body and is served by all the different varnas[1]
Raga-Sagara:I remember Purvika dressed in a garment woven with threads of gold. Fair and charming like the moon, she holds a cup of wine and a parrot in her hands and she is served by woman who are graceful and lively like the young deer. The head of her lover rests in her lap.[1]

Historical Information

Poorvi is an old traditional raga, which originated in the eastern part of India. Its ancient precursor Purvagauda had a similar scale to modern Bhairav (S r G m P d N). Poorvi itself does not appear in the literature before the 16th century.


  1. 1 2 3 Kaufmann 1968

External links


Bor, Joep (c. 1997), The Raga Guide, Charlottesville,Virginia: Nimbus Records 
Kaufmann, Walter (1968), The Ragas of North India, Calcutta: Oxford and IBH Publishing Company .
Bhatkhande, Vishnu Narayan (1968–73), Kramika Pustaka Malika, Hathras: Sangeet Karyalaya .
Bhatkhande, Vishnu Narayan (1968–75), Sangeet Shastra, Hathras: Sangeet Karyalaya .
Rao, B.Subba (1964–66), Raganidhi, Madras: Music Academy .
Ratanjankar, S.N., Abhinava Gita Manjari, Bombay: Popular Prakashan .
Khan, Raja Nawab Ali (1968–78), Mariphunnagatama, Hathras: Sangeet Karyalaya .

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