Colours of a Raga

Natakurinji - Part 1

A raga with a wide variety of shades, and a janya of the 28th Melakarta, Harikamboji.

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RJ: Mahadevan

Natakurinji - Part 1

A raga with a wide variety of shades, and a janya of the 28th Melakarta, Harikamboji.

Natakurinji is a striking raga, and a relatively recent one. It has great scope for elaboration, with its vakra prayogas and occasional phrases that contribute to the character of the raga. The varnam, Chalamela, in Natakurinji, is probably the most often heard composition in the raga. Natakurinji is ideally suited for tanam, with the sense of comfort that it has in all the three tempos - slow, medium and fast. Its main range is the madhya sthayi, and in the tara sthayi or upper octave, it reaches the madhyama. In spite of the possibilities inherent in the raga, it is not as often heard in concerts or in recordings.

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