#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Jonpuri
Jonpuri - another Hindustani raga that has been well homogenized into Carnatic style. M first tryst with Jonpuri was when I heard Shri P. Unnikrishnan's rendition of Rama Mantrava Japiso
The moment I listened to it, I was absolutely enamored by this raga! Bhakti and karuna rasa are just easily identifiable in this beautiful raga. This raga is a janya of the 20th Melakarta raga Natabhairavi. Consisting of the swaras Shadja, Chatushruthi Rishabha, Shuddha Madhyama, Panchama, Shuddha Dhaivata, Kaishiki Nishadha, and an additional Sadharana Gandhara in the avarohana, the raga sounds particularly wondrous when sung in high octaves.
S R2 M1 P D1 N2 S
S N2 D1 P M1 G2 R2 S
A landing in Dhaivata or Panchama is quite common for the raga, and the phrase "D, NP" can lend a different dimension to any sanchara.
One amazing composition from Shri Subramanya Bharati - Asai Mugham Marundu Poche, rendered here in a not very traditional, but yet extremely appealing style - Shankar Tucker's music by the sister duo Vidya and Vandana:
Eppo Varuvaaro, another gem in Jonpuri, composed by Shri Gopalakrishna Bharati, rendered here by Smt. Sudha Raghunathan
A popular ragamalika devaranama by Shri Kanakadasaru - Baaro Krishnayya, ending with Jonpuri in the last charana - sung by me at a recent concert in ISKCON, LA