Raga Pahadi is a popular raga based on folk music. As the name suggests, it originates from the Himalayan range.It is a light and beautiful raga which resembles a dhun. Raga Pahadi has all the ingredients of popular appeal. It is difficult to escape the freshness, quiet, echoing effect and palpable romance of the hills. It transmits romance through and through.
Soundofindia.com describes it beautifully: the raga is like a lover, unruffled in union, serene in separation, powerful enough to achieve eternal union, but resigned to the painful parting ordained by destiny.
The echoes that resonate through the ups and downs of the ranges and valleys is what makes Pahadi so special.
It has been used extensively in Hindi films, a prime example being ‘Lag Jaa Gale’ sung by Lata Mangeshkar.