#30daymarghazhiragachallenge - Madhyamavati
Madhyamavati - A raga that is often identified by the last song sung during a concert! Madhyamavati is the most chosen raga, and signifies auspiciousness. It closely resembles the Hindustan raga - Brindavana Saranga, but pure Carnatic style Madhyamavati itself if quite enthralling and enticing! A janya raga of 22nd Melakarta raga - Kharaharapriya, i has the following notes - Shadja, Chatushruthi Rishabha, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama, Kaishiki Nishadha. It differs by the nishadha with Brindavana Saranga, which instead has Kakali Nishadha in the aarohana. It is a spirited raga, and can evoke emotions of collective worship when sung in a bhajan style.
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My favorite aspect of Madhyamavati is the graha-bheda. From rishabha to rishabha, it leads to Hindola, whereas madhyama to madhyama leads to Shuddha Saveri!
My first pick for Madhyamavati - the timeless classic from Shri Purandaradasaru - Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma. This kriti is ubiquitous, and I must have heard it being sung by different people, with different sangathis, different combinations of charanas, at least a 100 times! I still cannot pick any favorites, one can just enjoy listening and singing this beautiful krithi!
Here is Shri Muthuswamy Dikshitar's Dharma Samvardhini - rendered by Hyderabad brothers. [Listen from 54:12 onwards]
Palinchu Kamakshi - a beautiful composition by Shri Shyamashastri, here in the eternal voice of MSS
Shri Annamacharya's Adivo Alladivo - what Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma is to kannada, Adivo Alladivo is to Telugu! Rendered here by the defining voice of Smt. Shobha Raju
Here is another beautiful krithi by Shri Purandaradasaru - Nambide Ninna Padava in Madhyamavati, sung by me during a concert in Chennai.