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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Madhuvanthi Raaga

I was recently listening to the tamil film song " Kanda naal mudhala "( From the movie 'Kanda naal mudhal') and was mesmerized by the beauty of the raaga "Madhuvanthi" ( The raaga in which the song has been composed).

The song is actually a carnatic music composition by N.C.Chidambaram , which has been cleverly remixed by Yuvan shankar raja in the movie. Madhuvanthi is a beautiful evening raaga and really lives upto its name ( Madhuvanthi - The one that is sweet as honey).

Further googling , revealed that the Raaga is derived from the Melakartha raagam Dharmavathi and has an equivalent hindustani counterpart.

Its not the first time that I am hearing Madhuvanthi in movies. Illayaraja composed a gem of a song " Meendum Meendum Vaa " in Vikram based on the same raaga. Another Raja gem resembling Madhvanthi is the song " Ilancholai Poothadha" from the movie 'Ananda Raagam'.

MSV has tuned a wonderful song too . The unforgetable " Ilakkanam maarudho" ( What amazing lyrics by Kannadasan !) in Nizhal Nijamagiradhu is quoted as Madhuvanthi in some websites (Any experts out there who can clarify ?) .

MS has rendered a beautiful Bhajan in the same raaga and the Lalgudi thillana in Madhuvanthi is quite famous too.Last but not least the inspiring Bharathiar song " Nalladhor Veenai" (one of the versions) is set in raaga Madhuvanthi too.

P.S : I have provided audio links to all the songs. Listen and enjoy when you find time.


  • Thanks for the audio links!!Happ to listen to the song Idhu Kadhala from the movie February 14..Is this song based on the same raga??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

  • Ishu

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:45 AM  

  • Thanks! it was great listening to Illayaraja numbers. He sure is genius!


    By Blogger Unknown, at 11:44 AM  

  • ISH sings this song quiet well.Check it out!

    By Blogger RK, at 6:59 PM  

  • Hello my dear wrong number(manmathaleelai)Nanda en nila.Thease two songs are also madhuvanthi. Mr. K.Balachander has got a facination for this raga in his films.

    By Blogger தி. ரா. ச.(T.R.C.), at 12:05 AM  

  • Kaadhal Kaadhal enru pesa .. again from the great MSV is the ultimate Madhuvanthi I suppose !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:13 PM  

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