The raaga is named Darbari Kanada. A raaga that is sombre, depressingly beautiful, a raaga of midnight. The name suggests that it is a raaga of darbar, a court of some king or emperor of the East.[1]

That emperor must have such a refined taste! Instead of some activities of base pleasures (which is rather common amongst the powerful people), the emperor preferred a sombre raaga.

Sometimes earlier, I expressed regrets for not being born in the feudal Japan. This is another regret of mine— of not being in such a court of refined taste.

  1. As the legend goes, the emperor was Akbar, and Miyan Tansen bought the Raaga from Carnatic music. ↩︎