#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Tilang
Tilang is a raga that instantly evokes devotion, jubilation and a breezy mood all at once. Being borrowed from Hindustani, one doesn't find many compositions (especially from the Musical trinity), nevertheless this raga holds a special place on its own. With the presence of dwi-nishadha - Kakali Nishadha in the aarohana and kaishiki Nishadha in the avarohana, this raga is a delight for singers and instrumentalists. Tilang can be called a janya raga of 28th Melakarta Harikambodhi, and has the following arohana and avarohana
S G3 M1 P N3 S
S N2 P M1 G3 S
Yet again, like Gambheera Nattai or Jog, the phrase "N2 P M1 G3" has a special charm, and naturally gives way to strains of Mishra Tilang.
The most famous Tilang composition that immediately pops up in my mind is Pt.Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin's exhilarating and brilliant - Swara-Kakali in Tilang
Carnatic renditions in Tilang are far and few between, though the raga has been well adopted by film music directors, and quite often finds a place for light classical compositions.
Here is a rendition of the Purandara Dasara krithi - Rama Rama Enniro by Shri T.V. Shankaranarayanan
Another Tamil krithi - Siddhi Vinayakane, aptly rendered by Shreeranjini Santhanagopalan
Another Tamil krithi - Shanti Nilava Vendum, composed by Shri Sethumadhava Rao, sung here by the esteemed Smt. Sudha Raghunathan