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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