Source: thehindu.com; Author: Charulatha Mani; Photo Courtesy: twitter.com

Abheri as we know it today is one of the most attractive and popular ragas. It is known in North India by the name Bhimpalasi and Sri Muthuswamy Dikshitar affectionately called it Devagandharam. It is also called Karnatakadevagandhari in texts of music. Abheri is synonymous with “Nagumomu ganaleni” composed by Saint Thyagaraja, a lilting composition with a light hint of pathos. I often see people requesting “Eppadi padinaro,” a Tamil composition of Suddhananda Bharati popularised by D.K Pattammal, or “Bhajare manasa” of Mysore Vasudevachar.

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