Folk Musical Modes
The folk musical modes of Malwa are very much suited to different occasions. They depend on four to five notes. In rare cases, six notes are employed. The music of the songs sung at the time of sacrifice or rituals in remote villages gives rise to awe, while tunes of the Jhoola songs clearly convey the swinging motion.
The notes of the raga Bhoop are obviously felt in the Garbi songs of Nimad. All the song types have certain swara-scale.In Malwa, legends about Raja Bhoj and Bijori, the Kanjar girl and the tale of Balabau have a peculiar appeal.
The devotional music of the Nirguni cult is admired all over the zone. Love songs like the Naik Banjara and the Ranubai, have soft music. The agricultural society-born music has a tendency of addition known in the musical term as 'Stobha'. This tendency is unfolded in four ways: in Matra stobha, the syllable insertion; in Varna stobha, the letter insertion; in Shabda stobha, the word insertion and in Vakya stobha, the sentence insertion.