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Raga Malahari

Madurai T N Seshagopalan sings a Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Raga Malahari.

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RJ: Mahadevan

Raga Malahari

Madurai T N Seshagopalan sings a Ragam Tanam Pallavi in Raga Malahari.

The Ragam Tanam Pallavi has for long been the showpiece of performance, calling attention, as it does, to the technical competence of the artiste. The tala often becomes important in exhibiting one’s prowess, and the pallavi too is suitably selected so that it retains its integrity even when intricate mathematical combinations are performed. Madurai T N Seshagopalan is an acknowledged master of pallavis, and is known to put together pallavis on the spot, often cleverly weaving the name of the raga into the pallavi. He has performed pallavis not only in the traditional ragas, but also in ragas such as Desh and Dwijavanti. One of the popular parts of Seshagopalan's pallavi renditions is the extensive ragamalika section that he sings as part of the kalpana swaras. In this pallavi, he chooses the first raga that students of Carnatic music come across when they move from initial lessons in Mayamalavagaula to the basic compositional form, the geetam. The pallavi is also formed out of the pallavi in the first geetam that students learn in Raga Malahari - Lambodara Lakumikara. Seshagopalan also sings an extensive ragamalika section as part of the kalpana swaras.

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