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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:59 pm    Post subject: RAAGA BRINDAVANI SARANGA AND ACHARYA MSV Reply with quote

One of the most celebrated ragas of Indian Classical Music is Brindavani Saranga .One interesting feature about this Raga is that it is known by the same name, both in Carnatic and Hindustani systems. And in both systems it is not only extremely popular but also adored because of its juicy melody content.

The Trinity of Carnatic Music has contributed immensely to its present day standing through their great works. By certain extraordinary krithis, the Trinity has lifted this Raga to a very high level.

Brindavani Sarang is an Audhava—Audhava Raga, meaning five swaras, both in arohana and avarohana.

Swara Ga and Da are dropped both in arohana and avarohana.Tiwra Ri and Shudha Ma are used. In arohana,Tiwra Ni is used, while in avarohana, Komal Ni is used.

So much for the technical details of this raga.

Acharya MSV, seems to have been totally absorbed in to this raga ,because of its inimitable melody content, its mood towards devotion, an element of melancholy and a propensity to gravitate towards the heart and sole of the listener.

Acharya MSV has fully realized the uniqueness of this raga and had utilized this raga in certain highly selective songs, probably, compelled by the situation requirement and sequences in those movies. It is important to note here that he was not very generous in making songs in this great raga. He used this raga very sparingly, that to only when the situation was highly demanding.

Song ‘Thagachi chinnaponnu thalai enna saayudu’ --- Sung by Sirkhazi Govindarajan and Female chorous, in the movie ‘ Karuppupanam’.(RAGA Brindavani Sarnga )

This song can be rated as the best amongst hundreds of film songs made by so many music directors in all languages put together. Acharya MSV has demonstrated to all and sundry, without any shadow of doubt, that he is a master craftsman when it comes to creating a tune, allocating appropriate musical pieces to the appropriate instruments, choosing the singer.

The very beginning of this song, a prelude bgm, will leave the listener spellbound. This prelude manifests the entire characteristics of this raga and the entire swaroopa is brought into prominence much before the prelude portion is over.

To establish the complete swaroopa of a very difficult raga like Brindavani Saranga within 20 seconds of its rendition, that to in the prelude, that too , much before the prelude portion is over, is a mammoth task, that can be attempted only by a person whose every nerve is soaked in music, whose every thought is focused on the divine lotus feet of Saraswathi Matha, and probably by a person who does not know anything else at all as his mind is always filled with vastness of music and therefore no space is left for any thing else .

After establishing the raga’s swaroopa in its totality in the prelude itself, Acharya MSV proceeds to unleash the song. The beginning of the song, rendered by a female voice and aided by female chorus, is so majestic that it brings in to the atmosphere a overwhelming feeling of joy.

Immediately after the pallavi, an unforgettable, inimitable, aalap followed by a ‘thogaiarah’by Sirgazi Govindarajan would take the greatness of this song to dizzy heights. The impact that it would leave on the listners is a kind of experience, worth a fortune.

By enabling the listeners to go through this kind of ecstasy is enough to receive the showers of blessing of Almighty God.

The charanam of this song was rendered by both sirgazhi and the female voice coupled by the female chorus. The torrential flow of the divine nectar of Brindavani Saranga is unstoppable through out the charanam.

The charanam was very very effectively supported by the bgm that employ choicest instruments.Throught the song the raga pattern was not altered. Acharya MSV
had chosen to retain the originality of the raga, without being tempted to employ a note that is not there in the raga.

The prelude, the voices,the bgms, the interlude that connects the pallavi and the charanam ,the overall tempo of the song ,the employment of Brindavani Saranga make this song one of the finest created by divine ambidextrous hands of Acharya MSV.

Any discerning listener will readily agree that this song is the ultimate musical piece ever created in Raga Brindavani Saranga.This song will remain the quintessence of Brindavani Saranga for ever.

The creator of this song cannot be an ordinary human. This sole must certainly have cosmic connection of the divine type.

Our scriptures and Puranas state categorically that divine music originate from Gandarva loga and those who are there are called Gandharvas.

This song alone is enough to convince any one that Acharya MSV is a Gandharva Maha Purusha on a visit planet earth. Let us all seek his blessings.

This particular song is featured in a movie Karuppupanam, made by Kannadasan, released in 1965.The entire song sequence was shot in Brindavan Gardens, Mysore.
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