Simhendramadhyamam or Simmendramadhyamam is a rāgam in Carnatic music (musical scale of South Indian classical music). It is the 57th melakarta rāgam in the 72 melakarta rāgam system of Carnatic music. It is called Sumadyuti in Muthuswami Dikshitar school of Carnatic music. It is said to be borrowed into Hindustani music from Carnatic music.
Structure and Lakshana
It is the 3rd rāgam in the 10th chakra Disi. The mnemonic name is Disi-Go. The mnemonic phrase is sa ri gi mi pa dha nu. Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure (ascending and descending scale) is as follows (see swaras in Carnatic music for details on below notation and terms):
It is also equivalent to Hungarian Minor Scale that is also called as Gypsy Minor Scale in Western Music.
This musical scale uses the notes chathusruthi rishabham, sadharana gandharam, prati madhyamam, shuddha dhaivatham and kakali nishadham. As it is a melakarta rāgam, by definition it is a sampoorna rāgam (has all seven notes in ascending and descending scale). It is the prati madhyamam equivalent of Keeravani, which is the 21st melakarta.
Simhendramadhyamam has a few minor janya rāgams (derived scales) associated with it, of which Vijaya Saraswati, a scale first used by Muthiah Bhagavatar is sung in concerts. See List of janya rāgams for all scales associated with Simhendramadhyamam.
Here are a few common compositions sung in concerts, set to Simhendramadhyamam.
- Needu charanamule by unknown composer
- Kamakshi Kamakoti peetha vaasini by Muthuswami Dikshitar (with rāgam name sumadyuti mudra in it)
- Pamarajanapalini by Muthuswami Dikshitar (with rāgam name sumadyuti mudra in it)
- Ashaindhadum mayil onDru by Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi
- Ninne Nammithi nayya by Mysore Vasudevacharya
- Innum orutharam by Muthu Thandavar
- Ayyappa by Yesudas
- unnaiyallAl vErE gati by Koteeswara Iyer
- Rama rama guna seema by Swati tirunal
- Pannagendra Sayana by Thyagaraja
- Marakata Simhasana by M. Balamuralikrishna
- "Iha Param yennum" by Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer
Here are a few common film compositions, set to Simhendramadhyamam.
- Ananda Ragam Ketkum Kaalam (Movie: Panneer Pushpangal;Composer: Ilayaraaja)
- Nee pournami ( Movie : Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam ); Composer : Ilayaraaja
This section covers the theoretical and scientific aspect of this rāgam.
Simhendramadhyamam's notes when shifted using Graha bhedam, yields 2 other melakarta rāgams, namely, Mayamalavagowla and Rasikapriya. Graha bhedam is the step taken in keeping the relative note frequencies same, while shifting the shadjam to the next note in the rāgam. For further details and an illustration refer Graha bhedam on Mayamalavagowla.
- Ragas in Carnatic music by Dr. S. Bhagyalekshmy, Pub. 1990, CBH Publications
- Raganidhi by P. Subba Rao, Pub. 1964, The Music Academy of Madras