Lalit (also known as Lalat) is a prominent raga in Hindustani classical music. It is commonly described as serene and devotional and is performed at dawn time of the day.[1]

The swara (notes of the Indian musical scale) of Lalit put emphasis on the minor second (Re) and minor sixth (Dha), and include natural and sharp fourth (Ma), but omit the commonly used perfect fifth (Pa).[2] Author Peter Lavezzoli stated the raga was difficult to play for Western classical musicians because of its scale.[2] Jairazbhoy argued the use of both forms of Ma was an apparent chromaticism, but that one of the Ma notes was a diminished Pa.[3] Lalit with a different scale was identified in the 16th century, and a raga Lalita existed before.[1]

Pakad - Chalan of Lalit: Re♭, Ma-Ma#-Ma Ga Ma, Ma#Ni, Sa

As can be seen from above, the raga uses both the flat and the upper Ma and that makes this raga very distinct from other ragas. Deliberate oscillation on the cusp formed between Ma-Ma# and Ni is commonly heard.

In the Gwalior tradition of singing, and among many dhrupadiyas(colloquial term used to refer Dhrupad singers), Lalit is sung with a shuddh dhaivat (natural sixth), and has a slightly different chalan (way of moving).

Film songs

Song Movie Composer Artists
Ek Shahenshah Ne Banvaa Ke Hasin Tajmahal Leader (1964 film) Naushad Mohammed Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar
Pritam Daras Dikhao Chacha Zindabad(1959 film) Madan Mohan (composer) Manna Dey & Lata Mangeshkar
Tu Hai Mera Prem Devta Kalpana (1960 film) O. P. Nayyar Manna Dey & Mohammed Rafi
Badi Dheere Jali Ishqiya Vishal Bhardwaj Rekha Bhardwaj


Song Movie Composer Singer
Vazhkkai Odam Aval Appadithan Ilaiyaraaja S. Janaki
Engeyo Etho (Charanam in Lalit) Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela
Dheiveega Raagam Ullasa Paravaigal Jency Anthony, Vani Jairam


Song Movie Composer Singer
Raina Beeti Jaye Amar Prem R.D. Burman Lata Mangeshkar
Ek shehenshah ne banwake Leader Naushad Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Rafi

Hindustani Classical Music Composition(Bandish) set in Raga Lalit

Creator - Composer Taal Composition(Bandish)
Acharya Pandit Dr Gokulotsavji Maharaj Matta Taal "ऐसो ढ़ीत लंगरवा"[4]


  1. ^ a b Bor, Joep; Rao, Suvarnalata; Van der Meer, Wim; Harvey, Jane (1999). The Raga Guide. Nimbus Records. p. 104. ISBN 0-9543976-0-6.
  2. ^ a b Lavezzoli, Peter (2006). The Dawn of Indian Music in the West. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 229. ISBN 0-8264-1815-5.
  3. ^ Jairazbhoy 1995, p. 49
  4. ^ Mathur, Dr.Neeta (2011). Shashtriya Sangeet Ke Surya Acharya Pandit Dr Gokulotsavji Maharaj. New Delhi: Raadha Publication. p. 71. ISBN 978-81-7487-765-9.