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I am a singer-researcher with expertise in Karnatik Music and Early Opera. I discuss intercultural music-making contexts. My work is available at www.charulathamani.com and at www.youtube.com/isaipayanam

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Raga's Journey - Charm of Charukesi

A brief guide to Raga Charukesi:

Isai Payanam on Jaya TV - Raga Charukesi:

Excerpt from Isai Payanam - DVD 6 - Raga Charukesi:

Adamodi - Thyagaraja kriti in Charukesi, with Lyrics and Meaning:

Previously covered Ragas:


  1. Very informative article !
    Best Regards
    Major V V Narayanan
    Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

  2. Dear Sir,

    Sub: A Raga’s Journey-The Charm of Charukesi

    This is with reference to Charulatha Mani’s fortnightly article ‘A Raga’s Journey’ that has raga Charukesi in today’s issue of Metroplus supplement.

    Charulatha’s opening lines in this article for raga Charukesi is indeed very impressive- “a raga that evokes inexplicable emotions in our hearts and often melts “ - a beautiful description about Charukesi. But that ends there itself and most of the film songs she knows and has taken up for this article do not qualify for this description.

    Charulatha seems to enjoy only the mediocre recent film songs composed by Deva and A R Rahman.

    Happy atleast this time Charulatha has mentioned songs of Kunnakkudi Vaidyanathan and V Kumar.

    Yours faithfully,

  3. Hi Charulatha,

    Please continue Isai payanam…feel the best way for youngsters to understand and listen to good music. You rendition and explanation of Mohanam and Chaurkesi was just too good.

    Again, my best wishes to you:

  4. Madam I’m a great fan of you after from naan avan Illai to till velayudham ur voice very bold and good now only know you ‘r a great carnatic singer…..
    Chowdhri Dev

  5. Beautifully explained "charukesi"hats off to you charulatha