And this is the penultimate raga – NĀ  for Nattakurinji, after a detailed Brindavana Saranga.

Nattakurinji is a child raga of Harikamboji. It is very vakra (zigzag) in usage.

Aarohanam: S R2 G3 M1 N2 D2 N2 P D2 N2 S

Avarohanam: S N2 D2 M1 G3 M1 P G3 R2 S

Nattakurinji, I feel is ruggedly beautiful, say like a trek route, in its nuances šŸ™‚ Classical songs in this raga include –

Budhamashrayami, the navagraha kriti for Wednesday, by Dikshitar

Parvathi Kumaram Bhavaye by Dikshitar

Kuvalayadala Nayana by Thyagaraja

Ekkalathilum by Ramasamy Sivan

This soundcloud link has me singing a song Parvathi Kumaram by Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

Maybe because it should be identified very precisely, this raga has not been handled that much in movies. But those evident pieces of work are:

Kavalayai Theerpadhu Naatiya Kalaye from Shivakavi… wherein the last line goes “…raagathil sirandhadhu naatakurinjiye…”

At Chitra’s best and in all shades of blue and green, Kannamoochi Yenada from Kandukonden…

And the last post will be M for …

Until then,

Vid šŸ™‚

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