#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Revati
Revati, the raga that has the power to move the soul! For me, Revati defines divinity and quiet strength. Containing the swaras Shadja, Shuddha Rishabha, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama and Kaishiki Nishadha, it is considered a janya raga of the 2nd Melakarta, Ratnangi.
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The rishabha, madhyama and nishadha in Revati add a sense of profoundness to the raaga when sung in combinatory phrases like "RMPNR", "NRS" etc. Landing in these swaras after elaborating during aalapane or neraval is quite prevalent. Be it the Revati in Annamacharaya's Nanati Bratuku, or Swami Dayananda Saraswati's Bho Shambho, the raga can convey a range of thoughts - from contemplative to captivating!
Starting with Shri Vadiraja's "Gajamukha Vandisuve Karunisi Kaayo", my first krithi taught by my guru Shri Tirumale Srinivas, composed beautifully by him in the Raga Revati. This is from my performance at Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, T. Nagar, Chennai a few years back.
Shri Annamacharya's Nanati Bratuku, rendered by none other than the evergreen MSS. The lyrics are a philosophical observation of the world, noting the futility of man's actions and existence, leading to only one universal truth - salvation. No other raga could have done more justice to this kind of existential and esoteric thought than Revati!
Shri Dayananda Saraswati's "Bho Shambho Shiva Shambho Swayambho" - a poetic, rhythmic and compelling composition, sung here by the talented Trichur brothers
And finally, Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman's thillana in Revati, sung by the brother duo from Toronto