Here is the second one in this series (click here for the first one). It is an alapana for a well known song, fairly common in concerts, but perhaps one for which alapana is rarely rendered (at least to me). Thus it is is special to me.

The musician should be obvious to most of the listeners as he is very well known. I also suspect many of you will be able to guess the raga. In any case, just enjoy an alapana!

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Artist(s): G. N. Balasubramaniam

Raga: SencUkAmbhOji – as a prelude for the well known composition vara rAga laya by Thyagaraja. The song has a very attractive ciTTaswaram in it. You probably will not run into any other composition in this raga in a carnatic concert (i am sure other composers have attempted it). The raga is belongs to the 28th mELa harikAmbhOji and its arohana/avarohana is S P M1 D2 N2 S/ S N2 D2 P M1 G3 R2 S. It has the characteristic Sa-pa jump plus M1 D2 N2 S (omitting pa) in the ascent giving it a distinct flavor and the musicians show this clearly in the alapana.