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

There exists a graceful raga that, with its seven notes, is capable of creating innumerable phrasings, each more stimulating than the previous. It is the queen of the raga family, and it’s called “Kalyani”. In the Hindustani system, this raga is known by the name “Yaman”.

Sadja, Chatusruti Rishabha, Antara Gandhara, Prati Madhyama, Pancama, Chatusruti Dhaivata and Kakali Nishada are the notes taken by Kalyani. The nishada is particularly important while expanding this raga, as is the gandhara.

There are many kritis in this raga. Thyagaraja’s Ethavunara”, “Vasudevayani”, “Nidhichala”, Dikshitar’s Kamalamba Navavarana Kamalambam Bhajare, and Shyama Sastri’s Talli Ninnu Neradefinitely merit mention.

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