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The Ragmala issue

Monday, November 15th, 2010

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Is Ragmala Gurbani? Some feel it is not and point out that the Ragmala does not have reference to all the Ragas of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, in fact, nine Ragas, i.e.
Manjh, Bihagra, Vad-hans, Jaitsri, Ramkali, Malli Gaura, Tukhari, Prabhati, and
Jaijawnti do not find any mention in the Ragmala. The relationship between the Ragas and Raganis, as explained in the Ragmala, does not correlate to Gurbani, since all the compositions in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib are in Ragas, and none in any Raganis.
On the other hand, others feel it is, since it is a part of most hand-written manuscripts and every copy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib that is now printed. But then, there is the historic meet of 1937, in which there was a discussion of a consultative committee of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Scholars and religious leaders participated in it and among them was a young Giani Gurdit Singh.
The meet, where he spoke and after which he was offered a position in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, which he declined, further intensified the passion with which Giani Gurdit Singh researched on various aspects of Gurbani. His quest lasted a lifetime, and the result was literally thousands of articles, and many books, including Ithias Sri Guru Granth Sahib: Bhagat Bani Bhag, and later, another book, Mundavani, which proved controversial.
Visitors might find the following link, which has comments on and reviews of the book interesting. On this page, we have in English, the comments of the noted writer, Khushwant Singh; a review by Dr I J Singh of New York, which was published in the Sikh Review, and article by Mohinder Singh in India Journal, CA. In Punjabi, we have an article from the Ajit and five articles, published in the Atam Rang magazine.
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