Of late, I've been smitten with Kharaharapriya janyas. Especially, Suddha Dhanyasi, Abheri and the mela Kharaharapriya itself. I'm not able to explain this sudden affliction towards these melas but certain renditions have played a part in this regard. I'll start out with some compositions I like in Suddha Dhanyasi.
This raga has taken over me like no other in the recent past. I feel that I've subconsciously been partial to certain pentatonic scales but they have not come out so strongly before. This raga has a nice gaiety feel to it. There's nothing more I enjoy than listening to a nice, energetic SD in the morning.
1) Entanerchina by BMK
This is one of the finest expositions of this raga. I've blogged about TRS' Subramanyena in the past, even calling it the best exposition of the raga but I understand now that that declaration was borne out of my lack of exposure. BMK has a unique way of exploring ragas and when he is not indulging in his gimmicks, he can leave an imprint on you and this is one such rendition. I'm a big fan of elaborate swaraprastharas as they help me understand the raga and its patterns better. My swarajnaana has not developed to an extent to be able to analyze and ingest a raga using only the alapaana. :-)
2) Subramanyena by MMI
If you want to know everything about Suddha Dhanyasi in 7 minutes, you should listen to MMI's rendition. He goes about exploring this raga as only MMI can.
3) Himagiri Thanaye by S. Rajam
A scholarly interpretation of the raga. This is a wonderful composition and Sri Rajam has done full justice to it. I should probably listen to this rendition more.
4) Shri Rajamathangi - Varnam - S Kalyanaraman
Thanks to Muthiah Bhagavathar for composing this varnam. A very fine rendition by SK.
5) Pranapathe Gunapathe Ganapathe - Madurai GS Mani
A little known composition sung by a not so popular yet knowledgeable musician.
6) Bhavamulona - Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
A fine Annamacharya composition popularized by MSS but it sparkles at the hands of Nedunuri too.
I'll post the links shortly. You can find most of them on www.sangeethapriya.org
In my next post in this series, I'll cover another grand and popular raga Abheri.