Natabhairavi – Ragapedia 7

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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

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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

Darbari Kanada

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When OK Kanmani songs were released and I made my dad listen to Naane Varugiren, we started discussing how every few years one hit song in darbari kanada comes out somehow. And we were wondering what is so special about this raga that makes it a music director’s favourite. That is how I came up […]

December 7, 2016


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The next raga in the series is Begada, a raga whose scale doesn’t conform to order. I always imagined ragas like Kamas and Begada to be these rebellious kids refusing to stand in line during school assembly. Nevertheless, they stand out, don’t they. The below song is probably the reason why I wanted to do […]

December 3, 2016


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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. The format usually is to give an explanation to the raga […]

December 1, 2016