Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for September 2008

Episode 15: Featured Raaga — Sivaranjani

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
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In the previous episode, we heard a snippet sung by Smt. M.L. Vasanthakumari in the audava (pentatonic) raaga: Sivaranjani. In this episode, we discuss this distinctive raaga known for its melancholic character. We then compare and contrast it to a relatively upbeat audava raaga: Mohanam.

Episode 14: Purandara Dasa Compositions

Monday, September 22nd, 2008
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We continue our discussion from the previous episode and talk about Purandara Dasa's compositions. We talk about Purandara Dasa’s influence on later composers, especially Thyagaraja, and also mention some musicians who have popularized his compositions on the concert platform.

Episode 13: Featured Person — Purandara Dasa

Monday, September 15th, 2008
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We feature one of the most prominent Carnatic musicians during the time of the Vijayanagara kings: Purandara Dasa. Purandara Dasa is known as the Sangeeta Pitamaha or the Father of Carnatic music. We discuss some of his extraordinary contributions to Carnatic music and how his framework for music instruction is still followed today.

Episode 12: Featured Place — Hampi

Sunday, September 7th, 2008
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A few episodes ago, we talked about Chennai and its relevance to Carnatic music. In this episode, we trace the history of Carnatic music and take you back 600 years to discuss the Vijayanagara kingdom. We feature its capital: Vijayanagara, which is near modern day Hampi in Karnataka, India.