The ragam Paras, also known as Pharaju, is a relatively rare ragam, and janya of the 15th mela Mayamalavagowla. It is a shadava (with no rishabam in the aarohanam) sampoorna raga.
Aarohanam: S G3 M1 P D1 N3 S
Avarohanam: S N3 D1 P M1 G3 R1 S

Notably, its specialty swaram is the dirgha Ga, which can be rendered as a amsa or jeeva swara.
Paras is usually sung in the sringara (beauty) and bhakthi (worship) rasas, and rendering this raga involves elaborate gamakas, hence making it a Gamaka pradhana raga. The raga’s beauty allows it to be sung at any time of the day, and it is commonly sung in the latter part of a Carnatic concert. In Hindustani music, the raga closest to this is the Paras raga, although the latter involves use of M2 (prathi madhyamam).

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