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RR
28th October 2005, 11:31 AM
Hamsadhwani in TFM

By thumburu


In the September issue, RR wrote about neighbours of Mohanam in the Sarigapathasa family. There are ragas beyond this family that can be called neighbours of Mohanam (in the sense of one swara difference) yet very popular in TFM. One such raga is Hamsadhwani. By replacing the "D2" chathusruthi Dhaivatham of Mohanam with N3 kaisiki Nishadham , we get this raga.

S R2 G3 P N3 Sa
Sa N3 P G3 R2 S

Hamsadhwani is no lesser in appeal or popularity than Mohanam. It is the most upbeat scale one can think of. Most of the songs invoking "PiLLaiyaar" are based on Hamsadhwani like "Vaathaapi Ganapathim baje", "Vinaayakaa ninnuvinaa" etc. and needless to say they are the first ones to begin any concert with.

Our TFM MDs have used this raga to the hilt . MSV has composed in Hamsadhwani for "mazhai kaalamum pani kaalamum sugamaanadhu" with lot of intricate gamakas from film Savithri. IR as usual has a long list of Hamsadhwani to his credit. He is the only composer to have delved deep and shown various facets of this beautiful raga.

[html:a5b1b93226]<p class=MsoNormal>1. &quot;Mayile mayile un thogai enge&quot; from KadavuL amaitha
medai has a folkish blend and wcm based interludes. Listen (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/26/s/movie_name.4745/)</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>2. &quot;Ther kondu sendravan yaarendru solladi thozhi&quot;
is a dance song from</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>EnakkuL oruvan Listen here (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/26/s/movie_name.4428/) </p>

<p class=MsoNormal>3. &quot;sri ranga ranganathanin Paadham&quot; from mahanadhi
is a devotional number Listen here (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/26/s/movie_name.4810/)</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>3. &quot;Kaalam maaralaam&quot; , a joyful duet from Vaazhkai</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>4. &quot;poo mudithu pottu vaitha vatta nilaa&quot; from Enpurushan
thaan enakku mattum thaan </p>

<p class=MsoNormal>4. &quot;Sevvaaname Ponmegame&quot; , another lilting
number from Nallathoru kudumbam Listen here (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/26/s/movie_name.4998/)</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>5. &quot;Malargale Naadhaswarangal&quot; from Kizhakke Pogum
Rayil </p>

<p class=MsoNormal>These are testimony to his prowess in handling this happy
sounding raga. </p>

<p class=MsoNormal>Rahman also has dabbled with this scale </p>

<p class=MsoNormal>In &quot;Thirakaadha kaatukkuLLe&quot; song from &quot;En swaasa
kaatre&quot; , he gives us a fleeting glimpse of Hamsadhwani </p>

<p class=MsoNormal>&quot;thee kuruviyai&quot; from KangaLaal Kaidu sei is
innovative with a lot of fusion, tribal sounds . Listen here (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/26/s/movie_name.4555/)</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>In recent times we have </p>

<p class=MsoNormal>&quot;Suppose unnai kaadhalikka&quot; from the film Sukran ,
tuned by a new MD, Vijay Antony Listen here (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/26/s/movie_name.7679/) and</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>&quot;Enna paatu venum unakku&quot; from &quot;Oru NaaL oru kanavu&quot;
Listen here (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/l/26/s/movie_name.7940/)</p>

<p class=MsoNormal>set to Hamsadhwani scale.</p>[/html:a5b1b93226]
Both the songs being peppy, and poppish only reiterate the youthful exuberance that Hamsadhwani can infuse in the TFM world.
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Sudarsan Padmanabhan
7th November 2005, 10:45 PM
Dear Thumburu,

Please check whether Srirangaraganathanin Padam has "daivatham." I suspect that there is a da especially in the second stanza. Furthermore, it is not a distinguishable hamsadhwani because it is not clearly indicated in the beginning of the song. I might be off. Please clarify.

Thanks.

Sudarsan

Nitya
9th November 2005, 07:13 AM
Nice article, as usual.


The song "Sri Ranga Ranganaathanin" is a juxtaposition of the raagas Mohanam and Hamsadhwani (i.e., the PALLAVI uses the notes of Mohanam, and the CHARANAM Hamsadhwani.)

Nitya
9th November 2005, 11:22 PM
Oh! Here are more songs based on Hamsadhwani in TFM:


"Nilavu Vanthathu Nilavu Vanthathu" from Endrum Anbudan

"Engu Piranthathu Yaaradu Koottathu" from Vishwa Thulasi

"Vellai Pookkal" from Kannathil Muthamittaal

"Iru Vizhiyin Vazhiye" from Siva

"Vaa Vaa Vaa Kanna Vaa" from Velaikaran