Vasantha (raga)

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Vasantha
ArohanamS M₁ G₃ M₁ D₂ N₃ 
Avarohanam N₃ D₂ M₁ G₃ R₁ S

Vasantha (pronounced vasantā) is a raga in Carnatic music (musical scale of South Indian classical music). It is a janya raga of Suryakantam, the 17th Melakarta raga.[1] According to P|Subba Rao, majority opinion is that the raga is derived from Mayamalavagowla, the 15th Melakarta raga.[2]

Vasantha is suitable to be sung in evening and is considered an auspicious raga.[1]

Structure[edit]

Vasantha is an asymmetric scale that does not contain panchamam. It is called a vakra audava-shadava raga,malathiga [1] structure is as follows (see swaras in Carnatic music for details on below notation and terms):

This scale uses the notes shadjam, shuddha rishabham, antara gandharam, shuddha madhyamam, chathusruthi dhaivatham and kakali nishadam.

Arohanam and avarohanam for Vasantha with tambura

Popular compositions[edit]

Vasantha has ample scope for alapana. This scale has been used by many composers for compositions in classical music. Here are some popular compositions in Vasantha.

Film Songs[edit]

Language:Tamil[edit]

Song Movie Composer Singer
Vasantha Ruthu Sivakavi Papanasam Sivan M. K. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar
Andhimazhai pozhigirathu Raja Parvai Illayaraja S. P. Balasubrahmanyam,S. Janaki
Nil Nil Nil pathil sol Paattu Padava Illayaraja,Uma Ramanan
Maan Kanden Raja Rishi K.J. Yesudas,Vani Jairam
Iravil Irandu Paravaigal(With raga Bhagyashree touches) Soundaryame Varuga Varuga Vijaya Bhaskar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam,Vani Jairam
Minsara Poove Padayappa A. R. Rahman Srinivas,Nithyashree Mahadevan & Palakkad Sreeram
Idhayam Kochadaiiyaan Srinivas,Chinmayi
Vandanam Vandanam Vazhvey Maayam Gangai Amaran S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Kanden Kanden Pirivom Santhippom Vidyasagar Karthik,Shweta Mohan
En Anbae En Anbae Mounam Pesiyadhe Yuvan Shankar Raja Shankar Mahadevan

Related ragas[edit]

This section covers the theoretical and scientific aspect of this raga.

Scale similarities[edit]

  • Lalitha is a popular raga that sounds very similar to Vasantha.[1][2] Lalitha uses chatusruti rishabham in ārohaṇa also,[2] while the dvisruti dhaivatam is used in it, compared to trisruti dhaivatam in Vasantha.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Alternate notations:
    • Hindustani: S M G M D N 
    • Western: C F E F A B C
  2. ^ Alternate notations:
    • Hindustani:  N D M G  S
    • Western: C B A F E D C

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Ragas in Carnatic music by Dr. S. Bhagyalekshmy, Pub. 1990, CBH Publications
  2. ^ a b c Raganidhi by P. Subba Rao, Pub. 1964, The Music Academy of Madras