Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Putril Vaazh Aravum Anjaen - Thiruvasagam - a note

Here is my take on the ragas

First Humming – is “Maandu”raagam of course - Did anyone note that it is pretty parallel to the maand raga humming that BMK does right at the start of the song "oru naal podhuma" - Given the fact that this is the last song of the TIS album, IR wanted to say - Thiruvasagam patri naan paada 'oru naal podhuma'?

Now Para-1 : Putril Vazh Aravam Anjen ! – No doubt it is shankarabharanam [The maand ragam is derivative of shankarabharanam, it will help you to note]

In Para-2 : VanPulal Velum Anjen – The same scale continues

Para-3 : Kiliyanar Kilavi Anjen – is Thilang [You may bring to your mind the 'kothamalli poovae' from kallukkul eeram for your reference of the raga...more recently, he came out with a folk song in thilang - it is kaatula thalayaatura avaram poovae from solla marandha kadhai.]

Para-4 : Pini Elaam Varinum Anjen – Charukesi allright...[You can refer to Nalladhor veenai seithay from the film Marubadiyum...Charukesi is very apt choice here, as the raga has the ability to evoke sympathy from the listeners]

Para-5 : ThariSeri Kalirum Anjen – Natabhairavi

Para-6 : Konila Vaalum Anjen - here is the GOOGLY...Yes it is kaapi of course, but before he resorts to the chromatic flexibility that Kapi gives, but you it will also help to pay attention to the scale of the first two lines...

Ok, to sum it is how it goes...

s r2 g3 m1 p d2 n3 s - Shankarabharanam
s -- g3 m1 p -- n3/n2 s - Thilang
s r2 g3 m1 p d1 n2 s - Charukesi
s r2 g2 m1 p d1 n2 s - Natabhairavi
s -- g2 m1 p -- n3 s - The first two lines (Konila vaalum)
s r2 g2/g3 m1 p d1/d2 n3/n2 s - Kaapi

Is there more to this, than just a random choice of ragas? Worth pondering more huh?

Well, analysis will have to wait.As of now, I am just going to listen to it, soak up myself with TIS ...

Blessed to have lived in HIS era !!!


  1. To your question on "Is there more to this, than just a random choice of ragas?", I read long back in ilaiyaraaja yahoo group something like the following:

    First one is Shankarabharanam.
    Next the Ni is flattened and we get Harikambodhi.
    Next the Dha is flattened and we get Charukesi.
    Next the Ga is flattened and we get Natabhairavi.
    And then of course we have Kaapi where both Gandharams, both Nishadhams and sometimes both Dhaivathams can be used.
    Finally it returns to Shankarabharanam.

    I haven't verified it though.

  2. hi Ramesh - interesting...if we just see the Thilang as a Janya Raga of Harikaambhoji, then the progressive pattern of note change becomes more obvious (thilang is Aarohanam:S G3 M1 P N3 S/Avarohanam:S N2 P M1 G3 S.)

  3. wow....interesting deep and thoughtful...
    kaapi| S R2 M1 P N3 S | S N2 D2 N2 P M1 G2 R2 S
    Keera| S R2 G2 M1 P D1 N3 S | S N3 D1 P M1 G2 R2 S
    I could hear keeravani in 6 : Konila Vaalum Anjen this the chromatic flexi ??????
    yaamondrum ariyom paraabaramey.