July 2009


Here is the seventh one in the series (click here for the sixth one). It is a bit different from the earlier ones since it is not a very rare occurrence to hear elaborations say compared to the earlier one. But you are not going to run into elaboration in this raga every time it is presented. However, the raga is a haunting, complex one, and thus to me it is always a special occurrence when elaboration is done in it.

Here is an alapana which seems rarer to me than kalpanaswaras in this raga – and this one is a detailed one. You should be easily be able to guess the raga and the artist, but that is not the point.  This alapana is simply exquisite – bringing in all the myriad hues (hackneyed carnatic review term alert!) of the raga!

(Note: All Audio Courtesy – Sangeethapriya)

Here is kalpanaswaras that is part of the same rendition. Since the raga is fairly well known, I am not taking out the refrain:

The mood and tempo there is sort of trance like – isn’t it? Now, here is how the King of Swaras does kalpanaswaras for the same song:

Now doesn’t that make you tap your feet in excitement? I also love the part where he “eggs” the violinist (who actually is more than equal to the task in this) with his trademark “Tatta ta ta ta” 🙂

Oh, btw if you found this particular entry in Rare Treats as “a let down” compared to others, because the raga is all too well known and thus “not much of a challenge to guess”, you have simply corroborated my earlier post What’s the Raga 😉

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Here is the solution to Carnatic Cryptic Crossword Puzzle #6:
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Here is the sixth one in the series (click here for the fifth one). It is kalpanaswaras for a relatively rare raga, and thus one for which elaboration is indeed rare to come by. But the raga is not a “new” one – so to speak. I am unable to find any alapana for this raga and this is the only one I could find that has kalpanaswaras.

First I present the excerpt of the kalpanaswaras that has just the violin part:

Can you guess the raga? If you were like me, it is possible that you arrived at an answer, and are perhaps wondering While not uncommon, elaboration for this isn’t really that rare a raga Arun!

But wait! Listen to the vocalist and the violinist doing that iteration (with refrain of the krithi taken out):

Now, if your answer still holds, congratulations! However, some of you may now be scratching your head, as the answer your arrived for your first clip could be one that has no pa, and here of course the vocalist starts bang on with pa ! Now, the violinist probably used pa too, but it is of course dead obvious when the vocalist actually says it 🙂 ! I do not know if this is due to the obscurity of elaborations in our raga vs. this other raga, but to my ears, the violinists’ response give’s very strong whiffs of that other raga.

Anyway, did you guess the raga? Can you guess the vocalist (a contemporary artist)?

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