1. Gurbaani Raag Srirag

Raga Siri was favoured by the Hindus for religious occasions and is found in many of the old treatises. In the Ragmala listed as a parent raga, it currently is a member of the puroi thata. Still a popular concert raga today, it is considered one of the most famous from among the North Indian classical system. Guru Nanak, Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, and Guru Arjan composed to this raga. Traditionally performed at sunset, it is assigned to the rainy season as well as the months of November and December. Its mood is one of majesty combined with prayerful meditation. This raga is always referred to as "Siri Raga" rather than placing the term raga before the name. It accompanies about 142 shabads.

Aroh  Sa Re M'a, Pa Ni Sa

Avroh  Sa Ni Dha, Pa M'a Ga Re Sa

Pakar  Sa, Re Re Pa, Pa M'a Ga Re, Re Re, Sa

Vadi  Re

Samvadi  Pa


According to an ancient school of Music the roots of the origin of raga 'Sri' is god Shiv, a god of Hindu trinity, who is also called by the name 'Sri'. The raga represents death i.e., the beginning of a new life. 'Sri' is a complete raga of eastern thaht. The notes used are :

Arohi (ascending scale) sa re ma pa ni sa (ga and dha are omitted)

Avrohi (descending scale) sa ni dha pa ma ga re sa (all seven svars)

It is the first raga in Guru Granth Sahib and listed as fifth major raga in the Ragamala (list of ragas) recorded at the end of Guru Granth Sahib. It is believed that there are 11 ragamalas available in the Indian Musical School composed by different authors and the ragamala included in Guru Granth Sahib was composed by Guru Nanak Dev. The raga is recommended to be sung at the third part of the day i.e., from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The season of its recitation is winter (hement) i.e., during November and December. In Guru Granth Sahib this raga has hymns from pages 14-93 (79 pages).

The Composers   

The composers of bani (hymns) in this raga are: