Reethigowla is the name of a raga. Not just a raga, it is something like the chocolate of Carnatic music… an aphrodisiac, if I might go to the extent of describing!

The ragam is a derivative (child) of the parent raga Karaharapriya (some say Bhairavi). The scale as such is not direct (i.e.)Β vakra ragam. It goes thus:

Aarohanam: S G2 R2 G2 M1 N2 D2 M1 N2 N2 S

Avarohanam: S N2 D2 M1 G2 M1 P M1 G2 R2 S

Here is a little something we tried with Reethigowla. The scale, a few phrases and a tamizh classical song set in the ragam.

Some of the Kritis composed in Reethigowla are Janani Ninnu Vina by Subburaya Sastri, Paripalayamam by Maharaja Swati Tirunaal, Guruvayoorappane by Ambujam Krishna, et al.

Maybe the above said is one reason why cine music composers have used this raga extensively, and a big chunk of the romantic melodies I know with a classical touch, end up being set to tune in Reethigowla, or is inspired by this raga atleast in a part of the song.

The cine list includes,

  • Thalayai Kuniyum Thamaraye – Oru Odai Nadhiyagiradhu
  • Kangal Irandaal – Subramaniapuram
  • Sudum Nilavu – Thambi
  • Ramam Kadhai Kelungal – Sippikul Muthu
  • Azhagana Rakshasiye – Mudhalvan

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