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Pīlu (from Sanskrit पीलु pīlu) is the common name of two species of tree (Careya arborea orᅠ Salvadora persica)[1].

Mentioned in Mahābhārata.

The name may also refer to the fruit of Pīlu tree, or to the blossoms of Saccharum sara[2].


  1. ^ Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier-Williams, (c) 1899
  2. ^ Sanskrit-English Dictionary by Monier-Williams, (c) 1899

Pilu is an Indian raga mostly used in light-classical genres (khyal)


=Aroha & Avaroha

= Arohana 'P 'N S g m P N S'
'N S G m P N S'
S G m P D S'
S R m P N S'

Avarohana S' N D P m G m P g R S 'N S
S' N S' D n D P m G m P G P m g R S 'N S
Some performances include shades of tivra MA


Vadi & Samavadi

Pakad or Chalan

S g R g S R 'N S, G m n P g - S
S g R S 'N S 'N - 'P 'd 'P 'N S - g R g 'N S

Organization & Relationships

Related ragas: Kirwani resembles an ancient kind of Pilu

Thaat: Bhatkhande classified Pilu in the Kafi thaat, [1]).


Samay (Time)



Historical Information


Important Recordings

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee:Pilu

External links



  1. Jairazbhoy(1995)


Bor, Joep (1997?), The Raga Guide, Charlottesville,Virginia: Nimbus Records, 
Jairazbhoy, N.A. (1995), The Rags of North Indian Music: Their Structure & Evolution, Bombay: Popular Prakashan .
Bhatkhande, Vishnu Narayan (1968-73), Kramika Pustaka Malika, Hathras: Sangeet Karyalaya .


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