Raga Sorath appears in the Ragmala as a ragini of Raga Megha; today it belongs to the Khamaj thata. Besides Guru Nanak, Sorath was used by Guru Amar Das, Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan and Guru Tegh Bahadar for a total of 150 hymns plus numerous slokas. Sorath belongs to the cold season and is performed in the first quarter of night. The mood is light and cheerful, with a pleasing sound resembling Raga Desh. The texts composed to this raga show how the words of the Guru can enlighten the mind. All fears vanish and one is filled with bliss.
The following represents the order of notes that can be used on the ascending and descending phase of the composition and the primary and secondary notes:
Aroh: Sa Re Ma Pa Ni Sa
Avroh: Sa Re Ni Dha, Ma Pa Dha Ma Ga Re Ni Sa
The melodies are characterized by sweeping phrases with glides connecting all leaps, even the shorter ones. Movement is moderately fast.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorath)
Mallikarjun Mansur sings Raga Sorath!
About Raga Sorath, from "What the Raags Told Me" written by Vasudev Murthy:
"How beautiful the focused, calm mind is. No thought dares disturb the mind that has found peace through singing me. The eternal truths are twined within every phrase you make and create within me and they do not see the need to hide or be elusive. Why be reborn? You can commit no evil when you sing me. Your sins melt and drip away as you go past Nishad and into the next octave, exploring, exploring, asking the same questions over and over and waiting to listen to the answers again and again because they are so clear. Your mind will dive deeper and deeper into the depths of your soul, finding more and more and yet returning effortlessly to the present, understanding that the restlessness of the outer world is an illusion that has to be endured till your soul is ready to move on from its temporary home. Your body does not seek your attention anymore. Your mind becomes the incense for the outside world. After singing me, listen to silence and see that there was no difference after all."