#30DayMarghazhiRagaChallenge - Ranjani
A raga that leaves an imprint, Ranjani. This raga is mellifluousness personified! Transitions in Ranjani are smooth, every note emphasizes a different emotion and every phrase indicates a different connotation. A janya raga of the 59th Melakarta raga, Dharmavati, the main swaras in Ranjani are Shadja, Chatushruthi Rishabha, Sadharana Gandhara, Prati Madhyama, Chatushruthi Dhaivata, and Kakali Nishadha in the avarohana as an additional note.
(A quick observation - in my past 15 or so days of raga vivarana, this is the first raga which features Prati Madhyama!)
S R2 G2 M2 D2 S
S N3 D2 M2 G2 S R2 G2 S
A few common phrases are - "R, GS", "R, GSNDS", "SRGMGSRGS", "SND,S". The starting phrase of Shri Thyagaraja's Durmagachara has the same "SRG,MGS". Gamakas and these kinds of phrases play an equally important role in shaping this raga. Landing with a gamaka in the prati madhyama is a usual hallmark of the raga.
Starting with Durmagachara, rendered by Hyderabad brothers
Ranjani Niranjani, a brilliant composition by Shri G N Balasubramanian, sung by Dr. Nagavalli Nagaraj and her daughter Ranjani Nagaraj
Here is a favorite composition of Shri Shripadarajaru - Naaninnollanya Beduvudilla, rendered by me