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Raga Systems in Carnatic Music

This feature takes a look at the melakarta raga classification systems.

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Raga Systems in Carnatic Music

This feature takes a look at the melakarta raga classification systems.

Ragas fall under Janaka and Janya categories - Janaka ragas are parent scales that give rise to other ragas with the same notes. Janaka ragas, also called Melakarta ragas, were formally classified by Venkatamakhi. Govindacharya then expanded the Melakarta system into the Sampoorna raga scheme that is used today. On this feature, the vainika Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh presents the evolution of the Melakarta raga system. We also look at some other raga systems.

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