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Ragamalika

This programme presents ragamalika compositions of various composers.

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RJ: Srividya

Ragamalika

This programme presents ragamalika compositions of various composers.

Ragamalika, literally a garland of ragas, is a very popular form of composition. In these compositions, various segments are set to different ragas, with a smooth and melodious transition from one raga to the next. The number of ragas vary and usually, the verses incorporate the names of the ragas. Earlier, this musical form was known as Raga Kadambakam.

Ramaswami Dikshitar composed several ragamalika pieces including the 'Ashtottara Shata Raga Tala Malika', said to be the longest composition in Carnatic music, with 108 ragas, and 108 talas! Muthuswami Dikshitar composed the popular Sri Vishwanatham in 14 ragas, and also the lesser heard Simhasanasthithe, Madhavo, and Poornachandrabimba Vadane. Mysore Vasudevachar created ragamalika kritis on the trinity of carnatic composers.
Apart from kritis, there are varnams and swarajathis in ragamalika. Also, shlokas, ugabhogas, devaranamas, pasurams and viruttams are tuned and rendered in ragamalika. We also have ragamalika being incorporated into raga alapana, tanam, pallavi and neraval and kalpana swara expositions.
In this feature, we present some ragamalika compositions.

Songs in this Program