#30dayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Thodi
Thodi raga, a ubiquitous tool in every Carnatic musician's toolbox. If you attend a string of concerts in a season, it is almost always a certainty that at least one of the concerts will have Thodi as the main or sub-main piece.
The 'fullness' of the raga lends itself to the creativity of a musician; swaras can be molded to reflect almost every emotion that a performer hopes to convey. It is definitely one of the "diggajas" of ragas. Thodi is a melakarta raga, denoted by the name Hanumathodi, comprising of the notes Shadja, Shuddha Rishabha, Sadharana Gandhara, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama, Shuddha Dhaivata and Kaishiki Nishadha.
S R1 G2 M1 P D1 N2 S
S N2 D1 P M1 G2 R1 S
The trinity of Carnatic music all have extremely powerful compositions in Thodi which are often chosen by musicians to elaborate upon. The most defining feature of Thodi for me is the space it gives for expressing different bhavas. Be it the shadja-panchama-varja prayoga of "R1G2M1D1N2" (meaning the deficit of Shadja and Panchama notes) or the gamaka in Gandhara or the myriad possibilities for graha-bheda, Thodi simply has it all!
Starting with my favorite Thyaraga composition - "Chesina Della Marachiti", sung here by the great MLV
Another popular krithi by Shri Thyagaraj - Kaddanu Variki, rendered here by the legendary Mandolin U. Shrinivas
Raju Vedala - another Thyagaraja gem, my favorite rendition of the krithi by Shri Sikkil Gurucharan
There are many more Thyagaraja compositions in Thodi that are equally beautiful - dasu Kovalene, dasharathi neenamamu being a few of them
Including a Dikshitar composition - a devi krithi - Dakshayani, rendered beautfiully by Shri K.J.Yesudas
finally a swarajathi - raave himagiri by Shri Shyama Shastri, rendered excellently by MSS
Here is my recording for the day - an aalapana in Thodi (with graha-bheda in Mohanam)