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How to sing 72 Mela Ragas in Carnatic - Ravikiran's Mela Raga Geetam

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Published on Oct 24, 2013

This 13-part Sanskrit composition of Chitravina N Ravikiran (created in Oct 2011) is a landmark work in Indian Classical Carnatic Music that is both a study as well as a performance piece. It traverses the 72- melas (parent scales among Indian ragas) of Carnatic in just 7 minutes and contains significant information including the names of each raga in serial order, group (chakra) that it belongs to and the basic ornamentation. It also features a concluding section in Surati. Vocal Support: Anahita Ravindran.
Ravikiran has composed a brilliant symphonic piece called Climatrix in 72 melas for Western Classical Orchestras employing his concept of Melharmony.
Ravikiran has composed another brilliant 72 mela raga piece for Western Classical Symphony Orchestras employing his award-winning concept of Melharmony.

Chitravina N Ravikiran (www.ravikiranmusic.com), hailed as the "Mozart of India" (Wisconsin State Journal) and renowned for his "Teasing precision & dazzling effects" (New York Times) and for "Taking his music to new audiences" (CNN TV) discovered a new raga, Choodamani at age 2 and composed his first full piece at age 11. Youngest to win the President of India's Award for artistic excellence and a number of other honours, he has collaborated with frontline artists of several genres including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Chinese, South American, African and Middle Eastern.

Highlights:

* Over 800 compositions
* 5 languages - Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Hindi and Kannada
* Music and dance forms: Geetam, Varnam, Krti, Tillana, Padam, Pada Varnam, Javali, Chindu, Bhajan, Kavuttuvam, Shabdam and his own inventive forms like Swarakrti (krti form but sans lyrics) and Shiruppuhazh (a la Arunagirinathar's Tiruppuhazh)
* Operas, dance productions: Ramayana, Mahabharata, Lakshmi Prabhavam, Vinayaka Vaibhavam, Almighty Trinity, Savitri, Cosmos, Illusion to Resolution, Panchakriya, Pushed to the Edge etc.
* Ragas Discovered: Keshavapriya, Vaishnavi, Katyayani, Mohini (dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi), Veetavanam (in honour of Beethoven), Andhakarini etc.

Unique Works: Ravikiran is perhaps the first to:
* Compose in each of the 35 talas of Carnatic Music,
* Compose the 72-mela-ragamalika geetam.
* Explore "Schematic svarakshara" pieces (where svaraksharas themselves have an underlying theme in each line like SR - RR - GR - MR or S,D - R,D - G,D- M,D etc)
* Employ innovative approaches to incorporating Raga-mudra (name of raga) in multiple ways within the same composition, "Adharam nee enakku" where the raga name Kedaram appears directly or suggestively 8-9 times).
* Other creations: Eulogies on Vyasa, Ramanuja, Ramana Maharshi, Kanchi Paramacharya, Mahatma Gandhi, M S Subbulakshmi, Guru Chitravina Narasimhan and social critiques or commentaries.

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