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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, April 13, 2012

A Raga’s Journey — Kingly Kharaharapriya

A Brief Guide to Raga Kharaharapriya:

Isai Payanam - Raga Kharaharapriya in Classical and Film Music:


Thyagaraja kritis in Raga Kharaharapriya:

Raga Kharaharapriya in Film Music:

Previously covered Ragas:


  1. I'm a student of Carnatic music and I follow your fortnighty column A raga's journey on the Hindu with out fail. it is very nice!!
    please continue writing such columns :)
    this week's write up on Karaharapriya was enjoyable! Pachai nirame and Santhikaadha kangalil were a surprise! never knew :)
    by the way this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqNEgaK0YHw Mellisaiye en idhayathin mellisaiye from Mr.Romeo is also based on Karaharapriya??
    Please reply, and please correct If I'm wrong,
    Thank you :)

  2. Great Charulata.. Karahara priya is my most fav raga.. Your narration n rendation of rama nee samana is amazing. Also you posted great clippings of film songs based on this raga..
    I like this work and always am admirer n your fan . Please share such wonderful postings

    All the best

  3. Nice Work... Pls continue by opening free education on music to the interested poor people.

    with regards,

  4. Enjoyable piece. Two more unforgettable songs in KHP are (i) Ahaaya pandalile (TMS/PS) and (ii) "I will sing for you" by TMS. The first one is a sedate, soothing KHP while the other is a brilliant combination of western instrumentation and classic carnatic raga, brilliantly orchestrated and vigourously sung by TMS. Both are tuned by the great MSV! R.V.EASWAR

  5. Nice blog with good info. I have a feedback. Can you have a section where you would compare the different melakarthas in their tones and arohanam and avarohanam. Most of the times, we tend to recognise the ragas by comparing the tune with anotehr familiar song. And the recognition woudl come only when we compeltely know the arohanam and the avarohanam along with the different nishadas, rishabas etc. Can you add a section for this too. I think it would be very very helpful