Natabhairavi – Ragapedia 7

carnatic, music, raga series, Ragapedia

Natabhairavi has equivalents everywhere; Dikshitar literature is Naririthigowla, Hindustani is Asaveri, Western Classical is natural minor scale, Greek is Aeolian mode, Tamizh music is Padumalai Palai. It is the 20th melakartha raga in the system, and it seems to have started out as a synthetic raga, and then post Trinity vaggeyakaras should have composed krithis […]

April 16, 2018

Karnaranjani – Ragapedia 6

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Karnaranjani’s (Karaharapriya janyam) unique identifier is its phrase “SRGMGP” and hence the scale is thus, Aarohanam: S R2 G2 M1 G2 P D2 S Avarohanam: S N2 D2 P M1 G2 R2 S The ragam was a creation of Harikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar, and he has aptly named it Karnaranjani which literally means “pleasant to the […]

April 14, 2018

Panthuvarali – Ragapedia 4

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Panthuvarali is also called Kamavardhini as per the katapaya nomenclature and called Kasi Ramakriya as per Dikshitar literature. It is the 51st of the 72 melakartha scale system. Aarohanam: S R1 G3 M2 P D1 N3 S Avarohanam: S N3 D1 P M2 G3 R1 S Apparently Panthuvarali and Kamavardhini were not the same originally. What is […]

April 9, 2018

Ganamurthi – Ragapedia 1

carnatic, film music, music, raga series, Ragapedia

Ganamurthi is the 3rd melakartha raga in the Carnatic Raga system in vogue right now. Since the first two ragas on the 72 melakartha list aren’t that known, Ganamurthi was my best shot at kick starting Ragapedia. A close second choice was Mayamalava Gowla, the ragam we learn first in training, but more about that […]

April 1, 2018

Rabindra Sangeet

bengali, composers, guest post, music

A post of mine that has been sitting in the drafts for more than a year, and the irony, it was a guest post. I am sure Dr. Madhubanti would have even forgotten she wrote this, but how could I leave a beautiful post such as this from seeing the light of the virtual world! […]

December 30, 2017

Saketharaman – interesting and rare

carnatic, concert review, music

Five years ago, I attended my first Abhishek Raghuram concert as a TMK concert at the same time, different venue, was overflowing with rasikas. Yesterday (27th Dec) the same happened as tickets sold out for AR, and thus I ended up at the concert of Saketharaman, a disciple of Lalgudi Jayaraman. He was accompanied by Mysore […]

December 29, 2017