Ritigowla – The Raaga with a Mesmerising Melody

Ritigowla – The Raaga with a Mesmerising Melody

A janya raaga of Kharaharapriya, Ritigowla also called NARIRITIGOWLA, is a vakra, rakthi raaga, a raaga that is considered very classical and meritorious in the Carnatic music field. It is very easy to identify this raaga due to the typical beautiful sanchaaras present in the compositions. This is one raaga which deserves the compliment “manam mayakkum Ritigowlai”. The melody of this raaga is magical and will surely mesmerize the listener with its charm. The raaga assumes a pleading quality, and evokes a combination of karuna and bhakthi rasas. Ritigowla – an all time raaga is an ideal choice to sing in vilamba kala in the middle of a concert, to bring the listeners into a contemplative and calm frame of mind. This is also a Bhashanga Raagam, where the note Suddha Dha appears in some sancharas. Ritigowla belongs to the Dvitiya Ghana Panchaka (second series of Ghana raagas) group.

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Varnam Lessons

Varnams – The Pillars of Abhyasa Ganams

Varnams are scholarly compositions belonging to Abhyasa-Ganam Cat-
egory. They are like the pillars amongst Abhyasa Ganas.

In learning music, Varnams are the foundations of Ragams and Gamakams.
Students should learn Varnams very carefully and thoroughly because
they learn about gamakas from here only. If a student fails to properly
understand and master gamakas, which are the essense of Ragas, it’ll
set a very wrong foundation that’ll affect the student’s entire progress
in music.

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Improve Communication with your Family

Improve Communication with your Family

After listening a lecture on Imporving Communicaiton with Family, I thought i will share this with everyone.
When a neighbour visits your house over a cup of tea and you start feeling irritated because you are running late for an appointment, how will you deal with the situation?  Even when irritated or impatient, we often make the effort to listen and communicate with friends, acquaintances, and even total strangers with more respect than we give our own children.  Imagine the same scene in a breakfast table where the parents and kids meet. Do we treat our children with the same respect we are giving to total strangers?

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Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

 What a lovely little story to remind us that life really can be beautiful. It is not known who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the  US postal service.
Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her.

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