Malhar : Invocation to the Rain God

The Raga, Malhar is a powerful legendary Raga in Indian classical music. Raga Malhar is associated with the atmosphere of torrential rains. There are many written accounts and legendary tales about Raga Malhar. According to the legend, Raga Malhar is so powerful that when sung, rain starts falling from the sky. Many great artists of the medieval, and much earlier period used to sing this Raga to invoke the Rain God. Tansen, Baiju Bawra, Mahanvilas Kanh (son of Tansen) and Meera are among the singers, who are said to have been capable of invoking rains, by singing various forms of Raga Malhar.

Amir Khan – Ramdasi Malhar :  (Download)

Nazakat & Salamat Ali Khan – Megh Malhar :  (Download)

Raining in Bangalore :

Rashid Khan – Miyan Ki Malhar :  (Download)

Shujaat Khan – Gour Malhar (Sings as he plays the Sitar) :  (Download)

.. more Songs of the Monsoon »

With certain parts of North and Central India reeling under intense heat and the monsoon still eluding the people living there, the Malhars posted above may bring some soothing, if not cooling, effect.




  1. Pushpa Rathor said,

    July 26, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Coming across your site was a blessing. Tagore has said in a song “When Life has become parched and dry, Come like a torrent of Compassion. When all Joy has vanished, Come like the Ambrosia of Songs” You too did so

  2. indianraga said,

    July 26, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks a lot for such poetic compliments.

  3. bing said,

    August 3, 2009 at 12:54 am


  4. rekha said,

    August 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I was hearing the concert of Pandit Jasraj with Hariprasad Chaurasia & Zakir Hussein [ vancovar] vol 1. In the song ‘niranjani narayani’ Jasraj introduces Chaurasia with ‘mahi meethe hari bol bolna’ which is extremely sweet. Is it really a bhajan? and if so, can some one let me know where / how i can get it??

  5. indianraga said,

    August 7, 2009 at 8:52 am

    @ rekha :

    Thanks for the input. I will surely check it out for you.

  6. Ganesh said,

    August 8, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Question / Clarification about the Curative power of Raaga



    Greetings from Ganesh:)
    I also strongly agree about the curative power of Raaga
    Do you have any research reports which has the explanation/illustration about the curative power of Raaga
    Expecting your earliest reply

    With Regards

  7. Sandeep Tandon said,

    March 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Awesome songs…infect I m long for this type of songs.since my childhood I have an affection with rain n monsoon ragas…,now u gave me some versatility n improving my collection…
    Thanks a lot dear.
    All the very best


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