This post is about the raga Vasantha. One of the oldest raga in vogue for more than a thousand years, it is said; suitable to be sung in the evening.
It is derived from the 17th melakartha (parent raga) Suryakantham. The scale is S M1 G3 M1 D2 N3 S / S N3 D2 M1 G3 R1 S. As you can notice, it is a PA varjya (sans) raga.
Kritis in Vasantha include:
Ramachandram Bhavayami by Dikshitar
Seethamma Maayamma by Thyagaraja
Kodu Bega Divyamathi by Purandara Dasar
Natanam Aadinaar by Gopalakrishna Bharathi
This sound cloud link has a song by Dasar sung in Vasantha. Do listen and give feedback…
Movie songs that have used Vasantha include Andhi Mazhai Pozhigiradhu from the movie Raja Parvai … Kanden Kanden from Pirivom Sandhippom … The latter’s link below:
The previous post in the series can be found here.
– Until next,