Colours of a Raga

Kharaharapriya - Part 1

A major raga which was Tyagaraja's gift to Carnatic music.

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RJ: Mangala

Kharaharapriya - Part 1

A major raga which was Tyagaraja's gift to Carnatic music.

Music theory mentions Kharaharapriya as a raga that can roughly be equated to the shadja grama, the primordial scale of the ancient texts. The raga can be traced to the 18th and 19th centuries, and is listed in the Sangraha Chudamani as a full fledged heptatonic scale. It was only through the compositions of composer Tyagaraja that this raga came to light. The raga also attained great popularity through the beauty of these compositions. While the other two members of the trinity did not composer in this raga, it caught the attention of many post-trinity composers, including Papanasam Sivan, who lavished attention on it. The heptatonic scale of Kharaharapriya has some unique properties that lend a special character to the raga. Colours of a Raga takes a look at all this, with compositions of different types and from different composers, over two episodes. This is Episode 1 of the two-part feature on Raga Kharaharapriya.

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