carnatic, film music, music, raga series / Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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 if I can bring about all that effect here, but this is a try – Karunimpa Varnam in Sahana, below.

Sahana is a vakra (scale goes zig-zag) raga, though it contains all the 7 notes available, it cannot be declared a Parent raga for this reason. It is a child of the 28th melakartha, Harikamboji.

Aarohanam: S R2 G3 M1 P M1 D2 N2 S

Avarohanam: S N2 S D2 N2 D2 P M1 G3 M1 R2 G3 R2 S

Some popular kritis in Sahana, that makes me wonder, is this all of the same raga! –

  • Srirama Srirama, Vandanamu Raghunandana and Raghupathey by Thyagaraja
  • Sri Kamalambikayam, one of the Nava Varnam by Muthuswamy Dikshitar
  • Rama Ika Nannu by Patnam Subramaniya Iyer
  • Sri Vatapi Ganapathiye by Papanasam Sivan
  • Manamuka Valanu by Harikesanallur Muthiah Bagavathar

It is said that there are 9 ways of serving God, and in that Sahana denotes the Daasya bhakthi bhava. However, some movie songs prove otherwise. Parthen Sirithen from Veera Abhimanyu, Engo Pirandavaram from Bommai for starters. And also Rukku Rukku from Avvai Shanmugi 🙂

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9 Replies to “Sahana”

  1. Whenever I hear of Sahana, my mind directly goes to this piece, wonderfully done in movie Unnal mudiyum thambi. I dont know whether its the performance of Kamal or Manorama.. but this musical bit stayed with me.

  2. One of KB’s favorite Raga…. you can see it featuring in many of his movies and even serials . The Directed a serial called SAHANA too …
    Reminds of a song that in KB’s Rail Sneham serial –
    ” Indha veenaiku theriyadhu”

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