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Hi everyone!! This is Charulatha Mani. I have taken up blogging to interact with my rasikas worldwide. I would like to thank all of you for your support and appreciation for my Isai Payanam show on Jaya TV, "Isai Cafe" on Raj TV and live concerts. I am here to blog on my concerts, latest film songs, and updates on Isai Payanam and Sahitya Payanam. Happy reading :-)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Raga Payanam - Nattai

Dear all,
Raga Payanam continues with Nattai raga which I have taken up for sharing with you all.... enjoy, any questions, please ask!!

NATTAI:

Arohana : S R3 G3 M1 P N3 S
Avarohana: S N3 P M1 G3 M1 R3 S

A janya raga of Chalanata, Nattai is considered a very auspicious raga and signifies the beginning of any concert. It is a mangala raga, and most compositions in this raga are on Lord Vinayaka, the remover of all obstacles. It is a Ghana raga, and the first of Thyagaraja’s Pancharatnas is in this raga. It is also a Vivadi raga, i.e. some notes are placed at very close intervals, and hence an intoxicating effect is created in Chalanata and Nattai ragas. The Hindustani raga Jog closely resembles Nattai.

Video Clip of Sarasiruhasanapriye - Raga Nattai


Video Clip of Mahaganapatim - Raga Nattai


Carnatic Compositions in Nattai:

Mahaganapatim - Mutthusvami Dikshitar- this is a very popular song, has also appeared in Sindhubhairavi film, sung by K. J. Yesudas, and has crowning chittaswaram.
Pavanatmajagaccha - Mutthusvami Dikshitar- A kriti about Anjaneya, he is described as "paripoorna swacchha" meaning totally pure and clean.
Jagananda Karaka- Thyagaraja - The first and most well-known pancharatnam, has also been used as prelude recently by Harris Jayaraj for Ayyangar Veettu Azhage in the movie Anniyan
Ninne Bhajana - Thyagaraja -Kriti on Rama, ideal opening piece
Jaya Jaya Jaya Janaki - Purandaradasa - Kanta Chapu tala based fast piece
Jaya Jaya Swamin - Narayana Theertha - A piece on Vinayaka, unusual since Narayana Theertha usually composes on Krishna.
Umayor Bagane - Papanasam Sivan - kriti on Lord Shiva
Sri Mahaganapate - N. S. Ramachandran
Edayya Gati this is in Chalanata raga, the parent raga of Nattai. Koteeswara Iyer has composed this on Lord Shiva, mudra of raga as “Bhutala Chalanata nin Taal thaan gati”)


Film songs based in Nattai:

Mahaganapatim - "Sindhu Bhairavi"- Ilayaraja has just used the original kriti in concert format, sung by Yesudas his mesmering voice and ideal back-ups giving it a charm that still endures.
Chennai Senthamizh - "M. Kumaran, Son of Mahalakshmi" - this is a tune by Srikanth Deva inspired by Mahaganapatim, sung by Harish Raghavendra.
Ayyangar Veettu- "Anniyan" - Harris Jayaraj has done a great job and beautifuly sung by Hariharan
Narumugaye- "Iruvar" - A lovely piece by AR Rahman, sung by Unnikrishnan and Bombay Jayashri, the words by Vairamuthu refer to Sanga Ilakkiyam usages.
Pani Vizhum (Chalanata) - Ninaivellam Nithya - a classic portrayal of Chalanata, unrivalled piece by Ilayaraja
Spiderman (Jog Rag) - "New" - Hindustani raga similar to Nattai, Jog is intoxicating. Sadhana Sargam has sung brilliantly in AR Rahman's music
Thom Thom- "Alli Thanda Vaanam" -Vidyasagar's music with brilliant sangatis. Hariharan and Chitra have lent sheen to this piece

That's all for now, rest in next! - CLM

9 comments:

  1. You are doing a great job!!!
    You just simplify and make carnatic ragas more accessible to laymen.

    Wish you all success!!

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  2. This is very helpfull and Thank you.
    I am 50+ and recently started to learn Carnatic Music. I understand your are touring Australia. Please let uss know the dates.

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  3. Lot of insights, information and knowledge from you... Great... Thank you very much...

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  4. Can u clarify what raga are these songs in? Uyire Uyire from Vaanam Vasappadum, Mayipeeli Nyaan Tharam - Hariharan's ghazal song?

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  5. this is a very good page.i like it very much. The natta raga is a powerfull raga. Mahaganapathim the simbol of my it.this is a very good page.i like it very much. The natta raga is a powerfull raga. Mahaganapathim the simbol of my it.

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  6. ma does the shatsruthi dhaivatham comes in the arohanam in raga nattai?please explain.

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  7. In Thyagaraja's version of Nattai the Shatsruti Dhaivata doesnot appear in ascent or descent. In Dikshitar's paddhati the Shatsruti Dhaivata appears, sometimes, in ascent alone, as seen in Swaminatha Paripalaya chittaswara (SRGM,PDNSR,SNPMRS...etc).

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  8. What is the difference, if any, between Nattai raga and Natai raga?

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