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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 :-)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Raga Kalyani

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

A brief guide to Raga Kalyani:
Click here for the PDF

Enduko ni manasu - Thyagaraja kriti in Kalyani, with Lyrics and Meaning:

Nidhi chala - Thyagaraja kriti in Kalyani, with Lyrics and Meaning:





Raga Kalyani in Film Music - Isai Payanam episodes from Jaya TV:

Some kritis in Raga Kalyani:


  • Janani Janani - Ilaiyaraja


  • Bhajanaseyave - Thyagaraja (MP3)
  • Nidichala - Thyagaraja (MP3)
  • Bhajare rechita - Muthuswami Dikshitar (MP3)
  • Dharisanam Tharumamma (MP3) - on Gomati Ambal of Sankarankoil
  • Previously covered Ragas:


  • Raga Nattai
  • Raga Hamsanadam
  • Raga Charukesi
  • Raga Pantuvarali
  • Raga Hamirkalyani
  • Raga Ritigaula
  • Raga Amritavarshini
  • 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: