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South Indian film songs in the raga Abhogi of Carnatic music

Updated on January 9, 2017
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Radhika is a Carnatic music singer who is pursuing her studies in music. Her native family is highly inclined towards Carnatic Music.

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Life’s happiest and saddest moments can be best expressed through the raga Abhogi of Carnatic music. This tone has the demeanor of casting auspicious moods in the listener’s minds. The vibrancy of raga Abhogi typically reflects the particular emotionwhen sung in the relevant tempo. This raga has been borrowed by Hindustani Classical music where it is known as Abhogi Kanada. Some film songs of South are vocalized in Abhogi that gives them the splendorand charm and echoes in the ears for a longer time.

Indraikku eninda anandame

1. Indraikku eninda anandame


Happiness experienced when love buds sprout in the hearts is featured in this song through raga Abhogi. It is an auspicious moment for the heroine Revathy and hero Vijayakanth and they rejoice themselves in this raga in the Tamil film ‘Vaidehi Kaathirundal’ under the music composition of the great maestro Ilayaraja. The dizzying dance of the heroine Revathi in the nature and the emotional act of the hero Vijayakanth elevates the true spirits together with the classically adept singers Vani Jayaram and P. Jayachandran.

Kalai nera poonkuyil

2. Kalai nera poonkuyil


The beginning humming tone of S. Janaki brings forth the vibe of raga Abhogi here. A grief stricken ambience is created by this tune that is conveyed by the dainty act of the heroine Radha in the Tamil film ‘Amman Kovil Kizhakkale’. The second and third stanzas deviate a little from raga Abhogi, but merge in the end to join it. Ilayaraja has proved that this tone can emit both the emotions of sadness and happiness through these two songs.

Alila manjalil

3. Alila manjalil


This lovely song from the Malayalam film Suryagayathri speak about the auspicious ambience in a Brahmin home blessed with a newborn baby. Raga Abhogi designs this situation in its own unique style with the pleasing voices of the duo K J Yesudas and K S Chitra under the music direction of Sri Ravindran master. The mesmerizing act of the hero Mohanlal and heroine Urvashi is also commendable as together they make a pretty pair.

Iniyum paribhavamaruthe

4. Iniyum paribhavamaruthe


The literal meaning of this Malayalam song is very well delineated by raga Abhogi which is a typical example. The song pleads the God to show mercy upon that sad devotee who has come to his abode for shelter. The striking words together with the melody of Abhogi create a splendid sensation in the spectator. The same duo Sri K J Yesudas and Smt K S Chitra have auditioned this semi-classical song under the music direction of the classically well-versed Sri Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri for the film Kaikudanna Nilavu.

Kaathiripoo Kanmani

5. Kaathirippoo kanmani


Even if the entire song won’t characterize raga Abhogi, the first stanza really catches up with it. Sorrow of two loving hearts during their separation is the setting here. The instrumental music in the beginning uplifts the listener’s spirits with an appealing effect on the song. The beautiful heroine Manju Varrior’s graceful expressions coordinate nicely with the melodious tune along-with the great actor Jayaram in this Malayalam film Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu sung again by the same duo above.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks Subash Nair for the great comment.

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      Subash Nair 3 years ago

      Great music , great song , great singers singing a fantastic song

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Ruby,

      I'm glad that you liked these songs.......thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am listening to the last video as i comment. Beautiful music! The history behind the music is fascinating. Thank you..

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