|Musings on Music|
a handy music diary for writing notation by S.Rajam
Text by S.Rajam, Text assisted by "Garland" Rajagopalan, Illustration by S.Rajam
Sapthaswara:Paintings by S Rajam based on details available from Sri Muthia Bhagavathar's "Sangeetha Kalpa Drumam"
Body plump, lotus like complexion, four faces, eight hands, white attire,
kumkum in forehead, has sword, sits on swan, gandarva wife, lives in Sambo
island, Agni saw this devata first.
Slim body,green colour, three faces, six hands, peethambara dress. Blue
stone necklace, agaru in forehead. Kundam in his hand. Sits on lion, kinnara
wife, lives in Saha island. Brahma saw this devatha first.
Fat body, golden complexion, two faces, four hands, red attire, diamond
necklace, agaru in forehead, Dandam in hand, Ghanda Berunda bird as vehicle,
Yaksha wife. Lives in Kusa island. Moon saw this devatha first.
Tall with four faces, eight hands, blue attire, lapis lazule(vaidooryam)
necklace, patharas on forehead, holds chakra, sits on deer, Kimpuru wife,
lives in Kroucha island. Vishnu saw him first.
Well proportioned body. Complexion black, four faces, eight hands, red
clothes, emarald necklace, Gorojanam on forhead, pindi in his hand, Naga
wife, lives in Salmali island. Narada saw him first.
Tall, blue body, three faces, six hands, pictured cloth worn by him, Gomethagam(sardonyx)
necklace, sandal on forehead, holding narasam, sits on parrot, Deva wife,
lives in Swetha island. Thumburu saw him first.
Very fat, five coloured complxion, two faces, four hands, blue attire,
pushparaga(topaz) necklace, kadamba powder on his forehead, holding ankusam,
sits on Mynakam, Rakshasa wife, lives in Pushkara island. Thumburu saw
this devatha too.
The Melakartha Scheme of 72 ragas
has two versions. The reputed author of the Scheme, Venkatamakhi shaped
the Asampoorna Mela. Govindacharya brought out the Sampurna Melas. The
two versions have been followed by Muthuswami Dikshitar & Tyagaraja-Syama
SA & PA are constant. Others have
two levels(sthanas). Thus there exist twelve swara sthanas. Four more having
shades of other swaras - Suddha Gandharam, Shatsruti Rishaba, Suddha Nishada
& Shatsruti Dhaivata - make up a total of sixteen. 72 Sampoorna Ragas
having all seven swaras both in ascending (arohana) & descending (avarohana)
emerge as Mela ragas. Each mela has al the seven swaras but drafts varying
Each mela raga applied to permutations
& combinations of swara sthanas gives scope to 484 janya (sub) ragas.
72 mela ragas have thus a potential to give the colossal 34776 janya ragas.
Of course, this is only an arithmetical projection & not a melodic
Of 72 melas, the first 36 have M1
& the second 36 ave M2.
From Musings on Music - a handy
music diary for writing notation by S.Rajam
Text by S.Rajam, Text assisted
by "Garland" Rajagopalan, Illustration by S.Rajam