EKA-KRITHI RAGAS: BHOGAVASANTHA – JANYA OF MELA MELA (51) KAMAVARDHANI (PANTHUVARALI) RAGAM

Ragam ‘Bhogavasantham’ is one of the rarest of the rare janya raga; there is no evidence found as to who has created this raga, since the earlier books do not give any idea about this raga. The first composition we find is by H.H. Jayachamaraja Wodeyar, “amba sree Rajarajeswari’. Perhaps this may be the only krithi, originally composed in this raga. This raga is a janya of mela (51) Kamavardhani (Panthuvarali); without Panchamam, so that the notes will be:

S R1 G3 M2 D1 N3 S // S N3 D1 M2 G3 R1 S

Ragapravaham by D.Pattammal gives two types of ragas with this same name, the first being a janya of mela (15) Mayamalavagoula (with Suddha madhyamam):

S R1 G3 M1 P D1 S // S N3 M1 G3 R1 S

And the second, of course, a janya of mela (51) Kamavardhani (with prathi madhyamam):

S R1 G3 M2 D1 N3 S // S N3 D1 M2 G3 R1 S

‘Amba Sri Rajarajeswari’ by JCW is a very profound composition on Sri Vidya, with wonderful, meaningful lyrics.

pallavi

amba sri rAjarAjeswari

ambujAksi sri kAmAksi

anupallavi

lambodarajanani kAmesvari

sammohini suresvari

sAtodari sAkambari srIpatisodari

sritajanasubhakari sivasankari

caranam

ekanekaksaramanurupini

ekagracittarcitatosini

sOkasamanakArini kalyAni

sambhavi ramAdhisaktivAsini

vikArarahita vimalesvari

vinuta srIvidyA sOdasaksari

akArAdiksakaranta vAgIsvari

bhOgavasanta bhogesvari

In the charanam, the composer has included the name of Goddess Sri Vidya, as also the raga-mudra. (The Vadirajar composition ‘Krishna Murari Kesava murari’ is being sung in Bhogavasantha)


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