Last two years, I wrote a series of articles on my Kannada blog in Sampada: ನವರಾತ್ರಿಯ ದಿನಗಳು and ಸಂಗೀತ ನವರಾತ್ರಿ. This time, I thought it would be a good idea to do something different, since time is a commodity in short supply these days
Instead of writing about a well known musical compositions, I have chosen to write about a brand new one, still very fresh! Did you say how do I know that it is really brand new?
Because this is a composition I came up with last week, when I was humming to myself as I was waiting outside my kid’s swim class! After some final dressing up, and after getting the nod of approval of some people whom I hold in very high regard musically, it is now before you as a finished product – A Jatiswara in rAga nAsAmaNi.
To listen to this jatiswara click here. (Played by violinist K R Sathyapraksh)
Raga nAsAmaNi is not a very well known rAga. According to the asampoorna mELa scheme, it occupies the place of 70th mELakartha. In the sampUrNa mELa scheme, the 70th mELa is called as nasikabhushaNi, and nAsAmaNi considered to be born out of this mELa. There is one composition of Muttuswamy Dikshita in nAsAmaNi (Sri ramA sarasvatI sEvitAm) and one composition (mAra vairi ramaNi) of Tyagaraja (although somewhat disputed, because of the missing signature) in nAsikabhushaMi. There are compositions of Dr M Balamuralikrishna, and Koteeswara Iyer in Nasikabhushani as well. There might be others, but not that well known.
But why did I compose a jatiswara in nAsAmaNi, of all the rAgas? I don’t really know, except that it just happened so! And this is my first attempt at doing something like this – so I’m keen to hear from you. If you have any sort of comment, or any type of feedback, feel free to write a comment.
I’m very glad to share the notation of the jatiswara with the musically inclined visitors to ಅಲ್ಲಿದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆ.
If you attempt singing/playing it and send a recording, I can post it here too
I wish a very happy Navaratri season to all visitors.