Rajam's Corner

Music Appreciation Notes - Malayamarutam Raga

Malayamarutam is a janya, as well as an upanga raga of Chakravakam, the 16th raga in the melakarta scheme. Its swarasthana-s are the same as those for Chakravakam, but it does not have the madhyama in either the ascent or the descent. The swara-s of Malayamarutam are: shadja, suddha rishabha, antara gandhara, panchama, chatusruti dhaivata and kaisiki nishada. Malayamarutam is a raga suited for rendering in the morning hours, when it sounds with a special charm.