#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Lalit/Lalitha
Lalitha - though etymologically signifies playfulness, the raga sounds restrained, mystical and sometimes even melancholic. Lalitha is the janya raga of 15th Melakarta Mayamalavagoula and contains the swaras - Shadja, Shuddha Rishabha, Antara Gandhara, Shuddha Madhyama, Shuddha Dhaivata, Kakali Nishadha
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Compositions in pure Lalitha that are often sung by leading artistes mostly include Shri Thyagaraja's "Nannu Brova Lalitha", and Shri Muthuswamy Dikshitar's "Hiranmayeem Lakshmim". A similar sounding raga name is "Lalit", a Hindustani raga that is quite popular amongst artistes.
Listen to this beautiful rendition of Nannu Brova by smt. Nithyashree Mahadevan
Another gem - Hiranmayeem Lakshmi, sung here by the incredible Smt, Aruna Sairam
And finally, a devaranama - "Raghavendra Dayatoro" in the raga Lalit. Enjoy!