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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, June 22, 2012

A Raga's Journey - Charming Chakravaham

Dikshitar's "Vinayaka" in Raga Chakravaham (Vegavahini):

Raga Chakravaham in Film Music:

Isai Payanam on Jaya TV:

Raga Ahir Bhairav in Film Music:

Previously covered Ragas:
Jaunty Jonpuri
Soothing Sahana
Kingly Kharaharapriya


  1. Ms. Mani,
    I really liked your piece today- Mesmeric Maand. (I even wrote about it in my blog!)
    Your choice of expressions is wonderful.

    I have no issues also with your citing examples from movies, although it must be obvious to anyone that the goal in a movie song is very rarely, if ever, to adhere strictly to the raga. By illustrating a discussion on a raga with movie song examples, you are essentially kindling an interest in listeners to notice the raga aspects in movie songs. That is laudable per se.

    From the comments here, it seems your Tamil programs are even more interesting. My kudos to you!

  2. Thanks a lot @rsachi !