1.) Find the Raga from the Jumble – “ARAKMOAALNAMHI”


Kamalamanohari – The raga containing the notes Shadja, Antara gandhara, Shuddha Madhyama, Pancama, Shuddha Daivata, Kakali Nishada, omitting rishabha and daivata in its ascent and just rishabha in its descent. The most famous composition in this raga is Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar’s Kanjadalayatakshi Kamakshi, where he mentions the raga name in the pallavi itself. Yet another beautiful composition of Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar is Shankaram Abhirami Manoharam. Sri Tyagaraja has composed the krithi Ni Muddu Momu in this raga. Sanandam Kamalamanohari is yet another krithi in this raga, which is part of a Chatur Ragamalika composition of Maharaja Swati Tirunal. The raga gives challenging possibilities for manodharma sangitam, especially neraval. Gandharam is a nyasa as well as amsa swara for this raga.

2.) Connect the images to find the Krithi.


Answer: Sri Varalakshmi Namastubhyam

Sri Varalakshmi Namastubhyam – The beautiful Sri Raga Krithi by Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar, that brings out various details about the Varalakshmi Vratam (Puja). Watch this comprehensive video on various aspects of the Krithi.


3.)Sri Kamalamba Na in Raga Todi is a part of Kamalamba Navavarnam – True or False

Answer : False

Sri Kamalamba Na – The krithi in raga Todi, set to Rupaka tala, is not a part of the Kamalamba Navavarna Krithis.The other kriti is Kamalambike Asrita Kalpalathike,by Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar which is also set in Todi raga, rupaka tala. This happens to be the Dhyana krti, sung before the navarana kritis. This is a krithi composed by Sri Subbaraya Sastri who was a direct disciple of Sri Muttuswami Dikshitar and Sri Syama Sastri. Sri Subbaraya Sastri was also the adopted son of Sri Syama Sastri (the eldest among the trinity). The krithi is in Telugu. One of the distinct features of Sri Subbaraya Sastri’s compositions is the Svara Sahitya, which appears in almost all his krithis. The rendition of this krithi by Smt.Brinda and Smt.Muktha is very special, as they come from the direct Sishya Parampara of Sri Subbaraya Sastri. Development of Sangathis in the anupallavi line “pakari muga” is very distinct and beautiful. Listen to Smt. Brinda and in Smt.Mukta’s rendition of this beautiful composition.


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