Tanarupi Ragam

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Tanarupi Ragam 

Tanarupi meaning the one that embodies tanam, is a ragam in Carnatic music. It is the 6th melakarta ragam in the 72 melakarta ragam system of Carnatic music. It is called Tanukeerti in Muthuswami Dikshitar school of Carnatic music.


   Raga structure of Tanarupi

Tanarupi scale with shadjam at C. It is the 6th ragam in the 1st chakra Indu. The mnemonic name is Indu-Sha. The mnemonic phrase is sa ra ga ma pa dhu nu.Its arohana-avarohana structure is as follows:

Arohana: S R1 G1 M1 P D3 N3 S'
Avarohana: S' N3 D3 P M1 G1 R1 S

The notes used in this scale are shuddha rishabham, shuddha gandharam, shuddha madhyamam, shatsruthi dhaivatham and kakali nishadham. As it is a melakarta ragam, by definition it is a sampoorna ragam. It is the shuddha madhyamam equivalent of Raghupriya, which is the 42nd melakarta ragam.

Tanukeerti is the 6th Melakarta in the original list compiled by Venkatamakhin. The notes used in the scale are the same, but the ascending scale and descending scale are different. It is an audava-vakra sampurna raga (5 notes in ascending scale, while full 7 are used in descending scale in a zig-zag manner).

arohana: S R1 M1 P N3 S'
avarohana: S' N3 D3 N3 P M1 G1 R1 S

Tanarupi has no janya ragams (derived scales) associated with it. 

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   Compositions in Raga Tanarupi

Here are a few common compositions sung in concerts, set to Tanarupi.

1) Va velava va by Koteeswara Iyer
2) Sri Ramam sada bajeham by Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna

The following composition is set to Tanukeerti.

1) Chidambara natarajamurthim by Muthuswami Dikshitar

   Related Ragas of Tanarupi

Tanarupi's notes when shifted using Graha bhedam, yields no other melakarta ragam. Graha bhedam is the step taken in keeping the relative note frequencies same, while shifting the shadjam to the next note in the ragam.



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