Raaga Rasika: Exploring the World of Carnatic Music

Archive for September 2009

Episode 49: Relevance of Arohanam and Avarohanam in Defining a Raaga’s Structure

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
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We wrap up our introductory series on Arohanam and Avarohanam with a discussion on whether or not raagas are entirely and solely defined by their corresponding ascending and descending scales. Using examples of raagas such as Reetigowlai, Madhyamavati, and Hamsaroopini, Vidya highlights the varying degrees in which textbook definitions of Arohanam and Avarohanam may (or may not) help understand the form of individual raagas.

Episode 48: Carnatic Music Terms Defined: Types of Raagas – Audava, Shadava, Sampoorna, Krama, Vakra

Friday, September 18th, 2009
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We continue our discussion regarding arohanam and avarohanam, and define several terms commonly used in Carnatic music to describe raagas. With several examples and illustrations, Vidya elaborates on terms such as Audava, Shadava, Sampoorna, Krama, Vakra, Varja, Melakarta and Bhashanga, and describes how a raaga can frequently represent a combination of these attributes.

Episode 47: Carnatic Terms Defined: Arohanam and Avarohanam

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
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In this episode, we discuss two very familiar terms in Carnatic music: Arohanam refers to the ascending scale and avarohanam refers to the descending scale. Vidya shares some examples of raagas to discuss kinds of arohanam and avarohanam in terms of number of swarams and the impact of this on the phrases that are permitted. Finally, we discuss how the importance of the arohanam and avarohanam varies from one raaga to another as raagas continue to evolve over time.