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Monday, June 6, 2011

Raja's Natabhairavi's - defining the undefined !

Raja's Natabhairavi's - defining the undefined !

For starters, natabhairavi is | S R2 G2 M1 P D1 N2 S in arohanam and same backwards in avarohanam S N2 D1 P M1 G2 R2 S

The case of raga Natabhairavi’s usage in tamil film world is a real funny one - funny in the sense, the raga per se lacks strong bhavam of its own (bhavam simply is raga flavour / personality – most raga have their own aura, color, feel and texture – which is collectively summarized as raga bhavam). But that comes in handy for tamil music composers to churn out a natabhairavi based song in every other album that they compose. But ilaiyaraja, the profilic composer that he is, has moulded this raga to give several colors, dimensions and emotions. I have tried to compile maestro’s natabhairavis (there could be hundreds that I have missed) into various categories of human emotions. Raja has scored some Energetic / Enthusiatic natabhairavis, Melodic natabhairavis, Western delights, Conservative carnatic styles, some Slow but Steady gems etc. But his knock out punch comes with those Haunting / Sad / Melancholy songs or songs that carry some Undefined mysterious feelings. Enjoy.


1) Energetic / Enthusiatic natabhairavis
Ival oru ilankuruvi (janaki version) - Brahma
Sangeetha Megam- Udhaya Geedham
Madai Thiranthu - Nizhalgal
Aasaiya Kathula Thoodhu Vittu - Johny
Andhi Mazhai Megam - Nayagan
Vizhiyilae Malarndhadhu - Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri
Raaku Muthu Raaku - Yejamaan
Ilamaikor Vegam Undu- Oru Naal Oru Kanavu
Aathu Metula - Gramathu Athiyaayam


2) Melodic natabhairavis
Aattinkarayorathe Rasathanthram (Malayalam)
Manadaase Hakkiyaagi Nammura Mandaara Hoove (Kannada)
Kaatukili Kaatukili Karagaatakari
Neramidhu Neramidhu Nenjiloru Paatezhudha - Rishimoolam
Aaraaro Paattu Paada Pondaatti Thevai (what a gem)
Indha Kadal Seiyum Velai - Kangalin Vaarthaigal
Kaadhal Neethaana Time
Pudhu Rootula Thaan Meera
Pani Vizhum Iravu Mouna Ragam


3) Western delights
En Iniya Pon Nilaave Moodupani
Kannan Vandhu Paadugindraan - Rettai Vaal Kuruvi
Endhan Kannil Yezhulangal - Guru
Oru Naal - Devadai
Oorurangum Nerathil Kanna Unai Thedugiren
Muthirai Ippodhu Kuthidu Thappaadhu - Uzhaipaali

4) Carnatic style natabhairavis
Maniye Mani Kuyile Nadodi Thendral
Oorellam Samiyaga Deiva Vaaku
Kaalai Nera Raagamae Raasave Unna Nambi


5) Slow but steady gems
Oh Butterfly Butterfly Meera (touches D2 in charanams)
Kaatule Kambangaatile - Raajakumaran (a casually set sweet tune)


6) Haunting / Sad / Melancholy or Undefined mysterious feelings
Putham Pudhu Kalai Alaigal Oiyvathilai
Ilampani Thuli Vizhum Neram - Aaradhanai
Kannae Navamaniye Unna Kaanaama - En Bommukutty Ammaavukku
Mandram Vandha Thendrallukku - Mouna Ragam (touches Ni3 and D2)
Panam Mattum Vazhkaiya - Solla Marandha Kadhai
Solli Vidu Vellinilavae Amaidhi Padai
Then Paandi Seemayilae - Nayagan
Thulli Thirindhadhoru Endrum Anbudan (a staggeringly simple classic)
Engirundho Ilamkuyilin (SPB version) - Brahma

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