Kedaragaula, another janyam of Harikamboji, has a very brisk characteristic to it. Probably why it is attributed as a morning raga or said to be apt to start concerts with. Also a ragam more frequented in ragamalikas in viruthams and RTPs.
Aarohanam – S R2 M1 P N2 S
Avarohanam – S N2 D2 P M1 G3 R2 S
- Thulasi Bilva by Thyagaraja
- Nilothpalambikaya by Muthuswamy Dikshitar (4th vibhakthi)
- Samikku Sari Evvare by Papanasam Sivan
- Jalajanabha by Swati Thirunal
- Saraguna Palimpa by Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar
- Seshachala Vasa by Chowdiah
- Antha Rama Sowndharyam by Arunachala Kavi
- I learnt this song from Padma mami who used to explain the meaning when she taught the charanam; it compares each body part of Rama to something very picturesque. While singing the song, I used to visualize a cartoonish effect of the whole charanam. I was amazed to find that musician+painter S Rajam had made an illustration of the same. (Check featured image)
Listen to a Chowdiah‘s composition in Kedaragaula, Seshachala Vasa sung by me.
Kedaragaula and Kathakali
Kathakali, is an art form that enacts a story during its performance. If you remember, the act starts with a large screen being drawn in front of the audience, behind which the decked up dancers would get into position. This is when the act is also inaugurated (invocation) by the vandana slokam, which is sung in Kedaragaula. Of course, in certain performances, I did find it being sung in ragamalika too. Below is a recording of the musicians rendering the said song in Kedaragaula. I wasn’t able to find a decent recording with dance included though.
Use in Movies
The last line Satre Sarindha sung by Ambikapathy (from movie titled the same!) in the song Vadivelum Mayilum, (supposedly the 100th / 101st) when his lover appears on the upparikai, that is Kedaragaula. So is Aanandha Nadamidum from Nandanar, sung by MM Dandapani Desikar.
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