#30dayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Gowrimanohari
If one has heard any faint strains of Guruleka etuvanti anytime, that defines Gowrimanohari! For me, it conjures up images of Unchavritti and Nagara Sankeerthana that was organized at our music school (Samanvaya Kala Kendra, Bangalore). Guruleka etuvanti was one of the "staple" krithis, one that the kids knew, the adults enjoyed and everyone sang with great gusto. This is a sampoorna raga, meaning it has all the seven swaras (and is the 23rd Melakarta raga).
S R2 G2 M1 P D2 N3 S
S N3 D2 P M1 G2 R2 S
The gamakas in this raga mainly revolve around the chatushruthi rishabha and sadharana gandhara, especially with the gandhara giving way to beautiful oscillatory phrases. Some unique phrases are "PDNRNDP", "PDNSDP", "MPG,R" etc. Other jeeva swaras of the raga include rishabha and kakali nishadha. The raga is brisk, and is chosen more as a medium, sub-main piece compared to its more popular adjacent melakarta ragas such as Kharaharapriya or Keeravani. Being a melakarta raga, and with its jeeva swaras, it is of course a comprehensive ground for the seasoned musician to meander amongst!
A favorite rendition of Shri Thyagaraja's Guruleka Etuvanti is Smt. Jayanthi Kumaresh's beautiful rendition on the veena
Another great composition by Shri Papanasam Sivan's Gowri Manohara, rendered by the extremely talented Ranjani-Gayatri duo
Garuda Gamana Vasudeva, another gem by Shri Thyagaraja, played excellently here by the virtuoso Mandolin U. Shrinivas
Another song that I heard recently was Pazhamo Pazham, a lovely rendition here by Smt. Nithyashree Mahadevan