On ‘trans’it…


Chennai, Ramblings, travel, women

Few days ago, I had the necessity to travel by the MRTS train. Boarded it at Thiruvanmyur station and inspite of a good frequency of trains at that time, the compartment was crowded. There was this empty space near the entrance opposite to the one where the platforms usually come. I was surprised why the place […]

May 30, 2013

9. Hindolam


carnatic, film music, music, raga series

I used to hate this ragam one upon a time. Reason is I never get it right 😛 It is not that it is complex, but is tricky, being a Pa sans raga. It is Hindolam, a Natabhairavi janya, with the below scale… Aarohanam: S G2 M1 D1 N2 S Avarohanam: S N2 D1 M1 […]

May 25, 2013

8. Gambira Nattai


carnatic, film music, music, raga series, Uncategorized

Did you know that Narumugaye from the movie Iruvar (A R Rahman) was on a raga that was as “gambeeram” as Gambhira Nattai? I think it is! Yet another song from the movie Singaravelan, Innum Ennai Enna Seyya (Ilayaraja) should also be the same raga. Gambira nattai is derived from Chala Nattai. It differs from […]

May 24, 2013

7. Desh


carnatic, film music, music, raga series

After Sahana, we move from soothing and relaxing to a little more fun-loving, happy but melodious, Audava-Sampoorna raga – Desh. It is suitable to be sung in the first quarter of the night, it seems 😉 Also, this raga is associated with qualities such as Diplomacy, Collectivity, Respect for others. Audava and Sampoorna as the name […]

May 23, 2013

6. Sahana


carnatic, film music, music, raga series

After Aarabhi, it is Sahana. After an energetic outburst, you need a soothing effect. That is Sahana to you – a breeze, a raga that you can enjoy with the effect of sitting on an easy-chair, one leg folded over another, hands folded over your head, eyes half closed and nodding… 😛 I don’t know […]

May 21, 2013

5. Aarabhi


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The first thing that Aarabhi generally gets related to, is the Gana Raga Pancharathnam – Sadhinchane O Manasa by Saint Thyagaraja. This raga is in vogue for more than 700 years it seems. And it is mostly associated with religious beginnings and hence sung in house-warming / wedding functions adhering to traditions. The link has […]

May 20, 2013

4. Purvi Kalyani


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A ragam very close to my heart. A ragam that is bhava-rich and full of gamakas that it was called by Muthuswamy Dikshitar as “Dasa GamakaKriya” in his last composition Meenakshi Memudham Dehi. The ragam is Purvi Kalyani. More on the song and the way it was composed, here. PurviKalyani is a descendant ragam of […]

May 19, 2013

3. Yaman Kalyani


carnatic, film music, music, raga series

A raga that is always pleasant to the ears, always attractive when sung, fit for a fast-paced or a vilamba kala (slow-paced) song, then it can be only Yaman Kalyani. The hindustani equivalent of Yaman Kalyani is called Yaman. It has the same swara scale as its heavier classical counterpart, Kalyani. Mostly this raga is […]

May 12, 2013

A Listener’s Perspective


film music, guest post, music

I have this bad habit – I can never enjoy listening to a song eyes closed and enjoy. These thoughts always cross – what-is-this-raga, will-I-be-ever-able-to-sing-like-this, how-are-they-able-to-produce-the-specific-thing, the technical aspects… blah blah… And thus it was fitting that Bragadeesh Prasanna aka Brags consented to write a guest post, and I was very glad he wrote about […]

May 10, 2013

2. Thilang


carnatic, film music, music, raga series

The first raga in the series was Reethigowla. In this post I will be talking about Thilang, yet another sweet ragam. Thilang is a mild carnatic / hindustani ragam, is a derivative of Harikamboji (parent raga), and is effective when sung during the evenings. Aarohanam: S G3 M1 P N3 S Avarohanam: S N2 P […]

May 9, 2013