#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Takka
This raga caught my attention several years back when I heard a rendition of Shri Thyagaraja's Raka Shashivadana by Smt. Sudha Raghunathan. One of the rarest ragas, Raka Shashivadana is the only krithi I have heard till date in the Takka raaga. A janya raaga of the 15th Melakarta Mayamalavagowla, this raaga has uneven notes in the arohana
S R1 S G3 M1 G3 P M1 D1 N3 S
S N3 D1 P M1 G3 R1 S
Artistes explore the unusual nature of this raga through several meandering phrases, and Smt. Sudha Raghunathan has even been known to open concerts with this composition quite many times. Though unusual, the raga seems to have ancient roots, and serves as a pedagogical curiosity in several journals.