Wednesday 16 July 2014

Raga Dwijavanthi (த்விஜவந்தி ராகம்)

One day, I accidentally stumbled upon the song ‘Akilandeswari’ set in raga ‘Dwijavanthi’, rendered by Maharajapuram Santhanam in his glorious voice, and was totally captivated by the ‘bhava’ of the song. When I searched to learn more about the raga, I came across few more compositions. The raga is unique, moving and makes you want to soak in the ‘rasa’ again and again.

Raga Dwijavanthi is derived from Hindustani raga ‘Jaijaivanthi’. Most popular song set in this raga is ‘Akilandeswari’, composed by Muthuswami Dikshithar. Though this song is rendered by different musicians, I enjoy especially the rendering by Maharajapuram Santhanam (மகாராஜபுரம் சந்தானம்). His majestic voice adds to the beauty of the composition. The raga is captivating, especially while moving to higher scales.

Another song, ‘Chetasri Balakrishnam’, also composed by Muthuswami Dikshithar is equally enjoyable, though ‘Akilandeswari’ is my all time favourite. Thillana composed by Dr M Balamuralikrishna set in this raga is a treat to listen.  Swathi Thirunal composition Tharuni nyaan endu cheyyu’ is yet another song set in this raga. I find Ethan Sperry’s composition of raga ‘Dwijavanthi’, rendered in western style equally appealing.

Listen to the songs on 'You Tube' by clicking on the links below.

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