Colours of a Raga

Athana - Part 1

A majestic raga with a range of feeling, Athana is bhashanga and has evolved and changed over the ages.

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RJ: Mangala

Athana - Part 1

A majestic raga with a range of feeling, Athana is bhashanga and has evolved and changed over the ages.

Athana has a majesty that is comparable to some of the major ragas like Shankarabharanam and Kalyani, but it is relatively limited in its scope. It is probably the ability to convey such grandeur even within its limited scope that makes it unique. Its parentage has been constantly debated since it qualifies as a janya both of the 29th and 28th Melas. The raga has two Nishadhas, and each has equal importance. This is unlike other Bhashanga ragas where one of the swarasthanas assumes the role of an anya swara. The programme, which is in two parts, examines such aspects and includes well known and rare compositions. This is Part 1 of the two-part programme on Raga Athana.

Songs in this Program