After Sahana, we move from soothing and relaxing to a little more fun-loving, happy but melodious, Audava-Sampoorna raga – Desh. It is suitable to be sung in the first quarter of the night, it seems 😉 Also, this raga is associated with qualities such as Diplomacy, Collectivity, Respect for others.
Audava and Sampoorna as the name implies gives it a scale, S R2 M1 P N3 S / S N2 D2 P M1 G3 R2 S and is derived from the parent Harikamboji.
This raga is essentially from the Hindustani genre and hence we did not have any of the Trinity composing in Desh. However, a striking song that comes to memory is Vande Mataram – what more fitting example than the National Song of India! The recording below is a medley of a few songs in Desh, all by post-Trinity composers:
Paayumoli Neeyenakku (Bharathiyar) –> Eliruva Thandhe (Purandara Dasar) –> Thum Hi Shankar (Mangalam Ganapathy) –> Maadu Meikkum (Oothukadu Venkata Subbaiyar) –> Desh Thillana (Lalgudi Jayaraman)
Moving on to cinema, there are many songs inspired by Desh, not completely. But some stick on to the essence. Just like… Thunbam Nergayil from Oor Iravu, Androru Naal Idhe Nilavil from Nadodi, Kanave Kalaiyadhe from Kannedhire Thondrinaal.
– Until next,