Colours of a Raga

Chakravakam

A raga with a soothing and devotional feel, and the 16th Melakarta raga.

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RJ: Mahadevan

Chakravakam

A raga with a soothing and devotional feel, and the 16th Melakarta raga.

Raga Chakravakam is the 16th Melakarta raga, which makes it sampurna in both arohana and avarohana. It has a devotional feel, and is suitable for a range of compositions from kritis to bhajans and viruttams. Chakravakam is a popular raga, and its janya ragas include Malayamarutam, Bindumalini, and Valaji. In the asampurna mela system of Muddu Venkatamakhi which Muthuswami Dikshitar followed, the equivalent of Chakravakam is called Toyavegavahini or Vegavahini. The equivalent in Hindustani music is Ahirbhairav.

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