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07 August 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Distinctly classical

CHARULATHA MANI Certain ragas occupy a distinctive place in classical music, while they are glossed over in film music. This is because they are grammatically complex and rule-driven. Also, their prayogas are special, exclusive and, sometimes, even peculiar. Raga Gowla is a ghana raga, an ancient and auspicious one that finds mention in musical treatistes […]

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15 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

72 Melakartha Scheme

The “ka-Ta-pa-ya” scheme and its application to Melakarta raagas of Carnatic music The ka-Ta-pa-ya scheme:        The “ka-Ta-pa-ya” rule used by ancient Indian mathematicians and grammarians is a tool to map names to numbers. Writing the consonants of the Sanskrit alphabet as four groups with “ka, Ta, pa, ya” as the beginning letters […]

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21 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Raga’s Journey — The passionate appeal of Simhendramadhyamam

A raga that is grand in every way, regal, meditative, bold and striking is Simhendramadhyamam. Chiselled with utmost beauty, every facet of this ragabrims with passionate appeal. The notes taken up by this raga are Sadja, Chatusruti Rishabha, Sadharana Gandhara, Prati Madhyama, Pancama, Sudhha Dhaivata, and Kakali Nishada. It is a Melakarta raga, complete in […]

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09 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Raga’s Journey — Hopeful, festive, vibrant Vasantha

A raga that is suitable for singing in the evenings, a raga that ushers in the festive spirit and one that dispels fear and instills hope – it’s the raga Vasantha. “Vasantha” means springtime, and this raga has been suitably named since all that is associated with it is hope and positivity. A vakra raga, […]

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24 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The raga Udayaravichandrika

In the world of ragas there are old ones and new ones. There are ragas identifiable by catch phrases and those  created by speculating on scalar or modal combinations. While ragas such as khamboji, bilahari, bhairavi etc. would  fall into the former group, ragas such as vaasanti, revati etc. would fall into the group of modern ragas with a  scalar construct. Udayaravichandrika is also a […]

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08 December 2010 ~ 0 Comments


                   Generally all of us know that there  are 72 melakarthas in carnatic music.These are basically divided in to 2 parts.That are Suddha madhyama and Pradhimadhyama Ragas.                     Let  us see an example,    Take Kanakangi  i.e.  the first melakartha and Salakam  Thirty seventh melakartha.There is only one difference  that  is Madhyama.                      But there are so […]

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