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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 :-)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Raga Nattai

An excerpt from Isai Payanam - DVD 2 is available on YouTube:

A brief guide to Raga Nattai:

Click here for the PDF

Mahaganapatim - Dikshitar kriti in Nattai, with Lyrics & Meaning:

Isai Payanam on Jaya TV:

Sarasiruhasanapriye - 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”)

Vishnusahothariyin - Nattai kriti on Gomathiambal of Sankarankoil - MP3 clip

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

Previously covered Ragas:


  1. This is first Raga I heard in my younger days through the nadaswara Vidwans of my native Village temple
    and also by TN Rajarathnam Pllai when he woud come over to karaikudi on 14th April every year for Koppudai Amman Festival
    Thanks A brief mention was made to Chalanattai but not mentioning about KoteeswaraIyer's Yethayaa gathi
    Well done From Railroad man (retired) jagannathan

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  3. Amazing Charulatha....Excellent voice, Excellent Rendtion and a wonderful narration of the Natai Raga.....Please keep posting....Romba Romba Nanna Iruku....Ramesh, NJ, USA

  4. Hello Charulatha!
    Could you possibly expand on the Spiderman song that you have mentioned? I tried googling but all sorts of results came up. DId you mean the movie soundtrack? I am very intrigued!