This chapter considers the oral transmission of the bani in the early Sikh community and the role it played in the formation of the Sikh canon. It discusses the rationale behind a key organizational principle in the Sikh scripture: the ragas or melodic patterns that formed the basis of the divisions in the middle section of the Adi Granth. First, it defines the key terms and then puts this enquiry briefly into the theoretical perspective of the musical tradition of north India. This chapter also examines devotional music in the Sikh tradition, final sequence of the ragas in the Adi Granth, and selection of ragas and the Raga-mala.
Keywords: ragas; devotional music; Raga-mala; Sikh scripture; bani; canon; oral transmission
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