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5 comments | Tuesday, November 22, 2005

karnaranjini - This raaga always amused me! This raaga makes me think, think and think more. Whats that which makes a raaga special? If I ask this question to 10 people i am sure i will get more than 20 views! coz I myself have many reasons for liking a raaga. But in this case, its not just liking the raaga, its more than that. Lemme try to tell you why.

Now for the benefit of those who havent heard karnaranjini before:
Its Janya of Kharaharapriya.

The arohana & avarohana are as below:
  • S R2 G1 M1 G1 P D2 S
  • S N2 D2 P M1 G1 R2 S
The raaga was founded by Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar.
Karnaranjini is so much like kharaharapriya, yet a lot different. Usually janyas of the genre of Karnaranjini (by that statement I mean a raaga formed simply by rearranging the swarams of the parent, which is the case here) would sound almost pretty much like its parent. Here its a different story altogether. The emphasis on the D P G sanchaara adds that unmatchable pathos touch to this raaga. Also the S R G M G P formations that can be used in alaaps as well as kalpana swarams gives a special identity to this raagam.

Havent heard anything beyond vaanchathonuna, Om namoh naarayana and Deenesharanyane in carnatic music compositions in this raagam. I dont know the name of the hindustaani equivalent of this raaga, but this has been used in ghazals with ease by a lot of maestros. ofcourse the raaga is not used as is but thats the beauty of a ghazal.The most common ways in which karnaranjini is used in ghazals is by mixing it with rathipathipriya & kaanada.

Listen to Kucch door hamaare saath chalo (Play the 5th song once you open the link) by Hariharan. This one has glimpses of all the above mentioned raagas, but the soul is that of Karnaranjini. Another great example of this raaga being used in light music is the song Ilamai yenum poonkatru by Ilaiyaraja. Also three Cheers to Madurai T N Seshagopalan Sir for giving this raaga the respectability it rightfully deserves by rendering vaanchathonnu as a main piece and also rendering a Raagam taanam pallavi in this raagam (Man! I attended this concert at Thriuvananthapuram in 2002, Was spellbound)

I am making a modest attempt at singing this as a main piece for my upcoming concert on Dec 10th in Cochin. Have a great day all of you!



Anonymous Srimatha said...

hmm..thats one of those sweet melancholic trips..

there z this haridasa composition(i think its purandaradasa) - 'yamanelli kaaNanendu' in karnaranjani - its beautiful..i cant recal who popularised it - remember hearing it in a female vocal duet..listen to it if u can lay ur hands on..

11:09 AM

Blogger Harish Sivaramakrishnan said...

Havent heard this track before, do send me some pointers to this one if u happen to find it on the net! Thanks in advance!

1:01 PM

Blogger vivitsa said...

Have you heard karnaranjani thillana by sudha? Its is on musicindiaonline... I love this raagam soo much,and the thillana is soo beautiful !!!

12:15 AM

Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Man..I love that raaaga. I got introduced to it thanks to Sri.TN.Seshagopalan..who sings it all the time.!! I also have a CD of Kadri G..where he has a song in Karna Ranjani.!!

Didn't know that this Hari's ( My favorite) song is in that Raaga. Thanks.!!

10:48 AM

Blogger harini said...

heyy......... there is one more composition in this ragam ... sthanum bhajamyaham composed by mutthaiya bhagavatar himself........ such a wonderful composition.

10:06 AM


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