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Vasantha
ArohanamS G₃ M₁ D₂ N₃ 
Avarohanam N₃ D₂ M₁ G₃ R₁ S

Vasantha (pronounced vasantā) is a raga in Carnatic music (musical scale of South Indian classical music). It is a janya raga of Suryakantam, the 17th Melakarta raga.[1] According to P|Subba Rao, majority opinion is that the raga is derived from Mayamalavagowla, the 15th Melakarta raga.[2]

Vasantha is suitable to be sung in evening and is considered an auspicious raga.[1]

Structure

Vasantha is an asymmetric scale that does not contain panchamam. It is called a vakra audava-shadava raga, malathiga[1] structure is as follows (see swaras in Carnatic music for details on below notation and terms):

This scale uses the notes shadjam, shuddha rishabham, antara gandharam, shuddha madhyamam, chathusruthi dhaivatham and kakali nishadam.

Arohanam and avarohanam for Vasantha with tambura

Popular compositions

Vasantha has ample scope for alapana. This scale has been used by many composers for compositions in classical music. Here are some popular compositions in Vasantha.

Film Songs

Language:Tamil

Song Movie Composer Singer
Vasantha Ruthu Sivakavi Papanasam Sivan M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
Vandanam Vandanam Vazhvey Maayam Gangai Amaran S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Azhagiya Thirumugam Brammacharigal M. S. Viswanathan
Mani Osai Enna Sollutho Naalum Therinthavan(1983) S. P. Balasubrahmanyam,S. Janaki
Santhanam Poosum Thudikkum Karangal S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Karmegam Oorgolam Pogum Kalamellam Un Madiyil Chandrabose
Rojaavai Thaalaattum Thendral

(More Ragam Panthuvarali touches)

Ninaivellam Nithya Illayaraja
Andhimazhai pozhigirathu Raja Parvai
Maan Kanden Raja Rishi K.J. Yesudas, Vani Jairam
Nil Nil Nil pathil sol Paattu Padava Illayaraja, Uma Ramanan
Iravil Irandu Paravaigal(With raga Bhagyashree touches) Soundaryame Varuga Varuga Vijaya Bhaskar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jairam, P. Susheela, Jolly Abraham
Minsara Poove Padayappa A. R. Rahman Srinivas, Nithyashree Mahadevan & Palakkad Sreeram
Idhayam Kochadaiiyaan Srinivas, Chinmayi
Vaa Kanmani Rasathi Varum Naal Vijay Anand S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
Unnale Nenjam Raagam En Pottukku Sonthakkaran Deva Mano,K. S. Chithra
Kanden Kanden Pirivom Santhippom Vidyasagar Karthik, Shweta Mohan
Thaaye Enge Anandhapurathu Veedu Ramesh Krishna Balaram

Related ragas

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

Scale similarities

Notes

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

References

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