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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 :-)

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri

My fortnightly column on Ragas in Classical and Film music started today with Abheri raga.
Click to read:
The Hindu : Life & Style / Metroplus : A Raga's Journey — Aspects of Abheri

Postscript: In addition to many appreciative messages, this column has evoked some responses that have bemused me. Some Scholars of music have written demanding Exhaustive and Correct treatment in accordance with Ancient Treatises (never mind the fact that the definition of Correct varies amongst each one). If they have their way, this column too would sink into the morass of Mumbo-jumbo, Arcane Terminology, Pedantry, and Polemics.
If you read the column, please do send your feedback to: letters@thehindu.co.in

More content on Abheri:

A Brief Guide to Raga Abheri (PDF):
Video Clips:


Audio Clips:

Also, in "A Raga's Journey":


  1. Well, I can recognize the AR Rehman's & Harris Jeyaraj's songs and of course, 'Tu cheez badi hai'. But I am not very sure about the other songs. But basically, these songs are very different so I wonder if all of them have a single raaga?

  2. Dear Charulatha,

    I did enjoy your Isai Payanam day before yesterday (Sunday) I had to come back in a hurry so I could not meet you after the concert to express my thanks and congratulations. Your violinist was very good, particularly in the Hindolum. Please convey my appreciation to him.

    When are you going to do Suruti, Kedaragowlavam, Shudda saveri? Please keep me informed.

    Best wishes,


  3. Hi Maam,
    How are you? We do appreciate your great job. Could you explain ragam Devakriya? is there any cine song which has been composed by this?

    Arulnithi A

  4. Hi,
    your boldness in your performances on sunday had stunning moments. i do not stand and listen in events anywhere; you made me!

    Ravindran Sivaprakasam

  5. This is an outstanding program and a real service to the discerning music lovers. Please keep it up!
    Rajeev ONV

  6. crunchy crisp voice..... like it........