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

A raga that is symmetric and very easy to teach and learn is Mayamalavagowla. This is the reason beginners’ lessons in Carnatic music are based in Mayamalavagowla and its derivative ragas. The notes that feature in Mayamalavagowla are sadja, suddha rishaba, antara gandhara, suddha madhyama, pancama, suddha dhaivata and kakali nishada. It is a morning raga that evokes peace, harmony and sometimes a hint of sadness. The well-known “Sri Gananatha” geetham is based on Malahari raga, a janya of Mayamalavagowla.

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