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

This raga is the signature of Oriental Music. It existed in ancient Tamil music as the Mullai pann, and much of Kung Fu Panda‘s re-recording is based on this all-attractive scale known to us South Indians as Mohanam. The Hindustani raga Bhup / Bhupali may be thought of as Mohanam’s north-Indian counterpart.

The notes that feature in this raga are Shadja, Chatusruti Rishabha, Antara Gandhara, Panchama, and Chatusruti Dhaivata. All of five notes, the harmonious notes being the Gandhara and the Dhaivata, this penatonic scale has the Panchama as it’s significant anchoring note.

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