#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Bahudari
My first pick for the 30-day challenge is Bahudari. Bahudari - literally means "different ways" and truly strikes a unique and different chord. A janya raga of Harikamboji, it is comprised of the notes Shadja, Antara Gandhara, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama, Chatushruthi Dhaivata and Kaishiki Nishada. The avarohana does not contain the Dhaivata making this a "Shadava-Audava" raga - 6 notes in the aarohana and 5 in the avarohana. The conspicuous absence of Rishabha brings out a calming melody with phrases like "D-NPMG", "PD-NPMG", "PDNS SNPM" oft being repeated in krithis and alapane alike.
While picking this raga, I realized the intrinsic charm (and a personal soft spot) of ragas where this particular phrase - "NPMG", especially "N2 P M1 G3" is repeated often (cases in point - Vagadheeshwari, Gambheera Nattai, Jog and the likes). The combination brings forth a beautiful melody and is a treat for singers.
Compositions in Bahudari are somewhat limited, the most famous being "Brova Bharama" composed by Shri Thyagaraja. Watch an illuminating rendition of the krithi by Shri Maharajapuram Santhanam below:
Another gem in this raga has to be the Tamil composition of Shri G.N.Balasubramanian, rendered by Shri Trichur V. Ramachandran
Listen to another composition by Shri Achutadasar - "Sadananda Thandavam", rendered to perfection by Kum. Amrutha Venkatesh
And, this list is not complete without a personal favorite - "Bhaja Manasa Vighneshwara", composed by Thulaseevanam and beautifully sung by Smt. Bombay Jayashree
Other compositions in Bahudari include "Sinam Adaiyadhe" and "Mara koti Sundara".
In all, Bahudari is nothing short of a delectable treat for listeners and performers, its notes convey joyousness along with hints of calmness - an unbeatable blend indeed!
To conclude, here is a small rendition of Bahudari by me. I have recorded a small alapana followed by a Kannada devaranama - "Irabeku Haridasa Sanga", written by Shri Purandara Dasaru and exquisitely composed by my guru Shri Tirumale Shrinivas. Enjoy the melody of Bahudari!