Sriranjani
ArohanamS R₂ G₂ M₁ D₂ N₂ 
Avarohanam N₂ D₂ M₁ G₂ R₂ S

Sriranjani is a ragam in Carnatic music (musical scale of South Indian classical music). It is a hexatonic scale (shadava rāgam, which means "of six"). It is a derived scale (janya rāgam), as it does not have all the seven swaras (musical notes). It is also written as Shri ranjani or Shree Ranjani. It also exist in Hindustani music, with a different scale. Aroh: Sa, komal Ga, Ma, Dha, komal Ni, Sa; Avroh: Sa, komal Ni, Dha, Ma, komal Ga, Ré, Sa.

Structure and Lakshana

Shree ranjani scale with shadjam at C
Shree ranjani scale with shadjam at C

Shree ranjani is a symmetric scale that does not contain panchamam. It is called a shadava-shadava rāgam,[1][2] in Carnatic music classification (as it has six notes in both ascending and descending scales). Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure is as follows (see swaras in Carnatic music for details on below notation and terms):

This scale uses the notes shadjam, chathusruti rishabham, sadharana gandharam, shuddha madhyamam, chathusruthi dhaivatham and kaisiki nishadam. Shree ranjani is a janya rāgam of Kharaharapriya, the 22nd Melakarta rāgam. It has only the invariant panchamam missing from its parent scale, Kharaharapriya.

Popular compositions

Shree ranjani is a pleasing and popular rāgam.[2] This scale has been used by many composers and there are many compositions in classical music. It has been used to score film music, too. Here are some popular compositions in Sriranjani.

Film Songs

Language: Tamil

Song Movie Composer Singer
Naathamenum Kovililey Manmadha Leelai M. S. Viswanathan Vani Jairam
Nathavinothangal(Ragamalika pallavi anupallavi only) Salangai Oli Ilaiyaraaja S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja
Naatham Elunthathadi Gopura Vasalile K. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki
Oru Raagam Unnai Vaazhthi Paadugiren
Oru Manthara poo Chinna Jameen Mano, K. S. Chitra
Eerettu Pathinaaru Raaja Raajathan Mano, S. Janaki
Vanthadhu Vanthadhu Kilipetchu Ketkava S. Janaki
Kathirunthen Kanava Dharma Pathini
Pagalile Oru Nilavinai Kanden Ninaive Oru Sangeetham
Vaikasi Vellikilama Rasa Magan S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Saami En Thaali Shenbagamae Shenbagamae K. S. Chitra
Nallathor Veenai Ore Oru Gramathiley
Kannan Nee En Ivan Sudha Ragunathan
Vaanam Sevaanam Ven Megam Kulirkaala Megangal Shankar–Ganesh K. J. Yesudas, Vani Jairam
Kadavulidam Azhagiya Pandipuram Bharadwaj Prasanna, Sadhana Sargam
Alaithal Varuvale Jaathi Malli Maragadha Mani S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chitra
Poo Poovaa Unnai Kann Theduthey Deva S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Febi Mani
Kannane Kanni Raasi Vishal Chandrashekhar K. S. Chithra

Related rāgams

This section covers the theoretical and scientific aspect of this rāgam.

Scale similarities

Notes

  1. ^ Alternate notations:
    • Hindustani: S R  M D  
    • Western: C D E F A B C
  2. ^ Alternate notations:
    • Hindustani:   D M  R S
    • Western: C B A F E D C
  3. ^ Alternate notations:
    • Hindustani:   D M  R S
    • Western: C B A F E D C

References

  1. ^ Ragas in Carnatic music by Dr. S. Bhagyalekshmy, Pub. 1990, CBH Publications
  2. ^ a b Raganidhi by P. Subba Rao, Pub. 1964, The Music Academy of Madras