carnatic, film music, music, raga series / Monday, May 6th, 2013

Reethigowla is the name of a raga. Not just a raga, it is something like the chocolate of Carnatic music… an aphrodisiac, if I might go to the extent of describing!

The ragam is a derivative (child) of the parent raga Karaharapriya (some say Bhairavi). The scale as such is not direct (i.e.) vakra ragam. It goes thus:

Aarohanam: S G2 R2 G2 M1 N2 D2 M1 N2 N2 S

Avarohanam: S N2 D2 M1 G2 M1 P M1 G2 R2 S

Here is a little something we tried with Reethigowla. The scale, a few phrases and a tamizh classical song set in the ragam.

Some of the Kritis composed in Reethigowla are Janani Ninnu Vina by Subburaya Sastri, Paripalayamam by Maharaja Swati Tirunaal, Guruvayoorappane by Ambujam Krishna, et al.

Maybe the above said is one reason why cine music composers have used this raga extensively, and a big chunk of the romantic melodies I know with a classical touch, end up being set to tune in Reethigowla, or is inspired by this raga atleast in a part of the song.

The cine list includes,

  • Thalayai Kuniyum Thamaraye – Oru Odai Nadhiyagiradhu
  • Kangal Irandaal – Subramaniapuram
  • Sudum Nilavu – Thambi
  • Ramam Kadhai Kelungal – Sippikul Muthu
  • Azhagana Rakshasiye – Mudhalvan

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19 Replies to “Reethigowla”

  1. Ah, I thought the first song in cine list would be Chinna Kannan Azhaikiran from Kavikkuyil by non other than Balamurali Krishna. In fact, it inspired James Vasanthan for Kangal Irandal 🙂

    1. Giving an extensive list for this ragam would have been a lengthy post after all 🙂 true tht s another classic in RG … Thanks Sylvain!

  2. Pudava Njoriyum Puzha than Theeram, Pulakamaniyum mala than oram (Omanikkan Ormmavakkaan – 1985) ….. another in Reethigowla. Music By Raveendran Master. Written by poovachal Khader. Sung by K.J.Yesudas and Lathika

  3. kangal irandaal ketkumpothum, azhgaana rattchasiye ketkumpothum oru ithamaana kalaiththenral veesivittuppogum.
    only now i realised the similarity of raagam.
    i am like thiruvilaiyaadal nagesh–enakku ketka mattumthaan theriyum

  4. […] I started writing a series of posts on Carnatic Ragas, a few years ago. We did 16 ragas then, and having been inspired by a few requests to continue, here I am kick starting the second set of ragas. The phase one started here. […]

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