Source: thehindu.com; Author: Charulatha Mani; Photo Courtesy: nicefun.net

In moments of quietude, I wonder, “If a raga were to be given a form, what would it look like? A beautiful maiden or a handsome man?” This form that we conjure up in our mind’s eye on listening to the melody of a raga defines its personality, and thereby the mood that it conveys. That’s why certain ragas like Shubhapantuvarali are used to highlight sad scenes in movie background scores while ragas like Bilahari are used to bring out cheer and brightness (recall Omana Penne from Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya).

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