Hamsa Nada

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October 14, 2013 7:55 am
Devakriya aka Shuddha Saveri

Played by flautist Tejaswi Raghunath from Bengaluru

March 29, 2013 12:52 pm

This is my composition in a somewhat rare raga called Jyoti. I composed it a while ago, but finally I made this recording now!

The raga is handled by Muttuswamy Dikshita who has composed two kritis in this raga. Other popular composers have not handled this much.

March 4, 2013 12:20 pm

This is a varNa in rAga Rageshri that I composed in Jan 2013. - played on the flute by Vijay Venkatesh Kannan, better known as @IndianMusicFan (http://www.aboutindianmusic.com)

Rageshri is a hindustani rAga, that has made it’s way to Karnataka sangeetha in 20th century. LGJ’s tillAna in Rageshri is a gem, if you haven’t listened to yet, I insist you must! I am not aware of the any other varnas in this raga though.

For the sahitya, I chose lines from a popular devaranama of Purandara Dasa, and used a charana line of my own, to fit the mood of the composition.

Here are the lines for the sahitya of this Varna: 

ನೀರೆ ನೀಕರೆತಾರೆ ಸುಂದರನ ಸುಕುಮಾರ ಶರೀರನ

ವರದ ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲ ರಾಯನ ನೀ ಬೇಗನೆ ||

ಗೆಳತಿ ಇನಿಯನಿನ್ನೂ ಬಾರನೇ! ನಾ ಕಾದಿರಲು! ||

Click here for the notation for this composition.

August 27, 2012 10:35 am


This is a piece I composed sometime in June 2011 - played on the flute by Vijay Venkatesh Kannan, better known as Indian Music Fan (www.aboutindianmusic.com)

Bindumalini is a minor raga, that came to light due to Tyagaraja’s composition “enta muddo”, and has gained popularity in the last few decades due to the epic renditions of the composition by stalwarts such as N.Ramani, Lalgudi Jayaraman and Mandolin Srinivas.

In my opinion the contours of Bindumalini resemble the hindustani raga Ahir Bhairav much more closely  than the nominal equivalent raga Chakravaka.

The notation for the composition can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jjddxMOPcmHJp0nI7_bf7lqlFc7R_01670Aytrsw3y4/edit

July 23, 2012 3:47 pm

Graha Bheda: A Beginner’s Guide

This is from a few years ago - when I introduced the concept of Graha Bheda (modal shift), and it’s usage in south Indian classical music to a curious bunch of young (and old) music students. 

Although this does not qualify to be a “composition”, posting it anyway since it falls in “audio” category! 

July 20, 2012 3:29 pm

This is my composition in Raga Sarasangi, set to mishra chapu tALa.

I find that in general, the asmpurna counterparts of mELa rAga gives a more wholesome feel for a mELa rAga, and it is quite true in the case of Sarasangi. This composition is very much inspired (what else!) by Muttuswamy Dikshitar’s composition set in the rAga Sourasena - Sourasenesham Valleesham.

Sung by Vijay Venkatesh Kannan (http://about.me/vijay.kannan), who is better known as IndianMusicFan on Twitter. His website is http://www.aboutindianmusic.com/ where you can listen to more of his tracks.

Click here to see the notation of this composition

June 18, 2012 9:44 am


Here is my translation of Tyagaraja’s composition in Raga Andolika - Ragasudharasa, sung by Sri Ragavan Manaian, at a thematic concert in Fremont, CA in 2010, on the occasion of Kannada Rajyotsava.

Original Sahitya:

rāga sudhā rasa pānamu jēsi rañjillavē
ō manasā

yāga yōga tyāga bhōga phalamosaṅgē (rāga)

sadāśiva mayamagu nādōṅkāra swara
vidulu jīvanmuktulani tyāgarāju teliyu (rāga)

Here is my translation in Kannada:

ರಾಗ ಸುಧಾರಸವನ್ನೇ ಸವಿಯುತ
ನಲಿಯುತಲಿರು ಓ ಮನವೇ! ||ರಾಗ ಸುಧಾರಸ||

ಯಾಗ ಯೋಗ ತ್ಯಾಗ ಭೋಗಗಳ ಫಲವೀವ || ರಾಗ ಸುಧಾರಸ ||

ಸದಾಶಿವ ನೆಲೆಯಾಗಿರುವ ನಾದ ಓಂಕಾರ ಸ್ವರ
ಅರಿತವರಿಗೆ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯುಂಟೆಂದು ತ್ಯಾಗರಾಜ ತಿಳಿದ ||ರಾಗ ಸುಧಾರಸ||

June 14, 2012 6:18 pm

A composition in raaga Madhuvanti -

This is a varna composed in Sep 2011. The words of this varna are in Kannada, and is inspired from Leelashuka’s shloka from Krishna Karnamrta that starts with the words “lOkAnunmudayan”.  The charaNa line has the rAgamudre.

ಗೋಕುಲವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಕೊಳಲಿನ ಇನಿದನಿಯಲಿ ತುಂಬಿದನೇ

ಆಕಳ ಮಂದೆಯ ಕಾಯುತ ಗೋಪಿಯರ ತಾನು ಗೆಲಿದನೆ

ಮಾತೇ ಮಧುವಂತಿದೇ! ಸಖೀ ! ಇವನ ||

The notation for the Varna can be found by clicking here

Played on the flute by IndianMusicFan. You can listen to more of his works at http://www.aboutindianmusic.com/

Played on the flute by @IndianMusicFan

June 3, 2012 5:12 pm
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  • A Varna in Yaman
  • By: IndianMusicFan
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This is a Varna I composed  in October 2010.

Yaman is a Hindustani raaga, and you could consider this as a view of Yaman, from a southern eye :) 

The sahitya of this varNa is in Kannada, and loosely translated from a Samskrta verse from Bhartrhari - “KeyooraNi na bhUshayanti purusham” - that proclaims only good speech is the true ornament for man.

This Varna is played on the flute by IndianMusicFan. You can listen to more of his tracks on his website - www.aboutindianmusic.com.

June 1, 2012 4:22 pm

This was the first of my musical experiments!

Although I haven’t made a note of the exact day I composed it but since I blogged about it in mid September 2009, I can surely say that this was sometime in September 2009. 

Played on the violin by violinist K R Satyaprakash.

Click here for the notation of this composition.

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