Raagas in Films:Kalyani

4 Aug

Kalyani or Yaman (in Hindustani) is probably the most commonly used raaga in Indian film music. There are thousands of songs (if not more) in this raaga and all composers would have composed at least a few songs in this raaga. The uniqueness of this raaga is that it sounds very melodious and is instantly likeable, the reason being it is very common. But nevertheless, Kalyani is a very elegant raaga and it is considered one of the best raagas for aalapanas or expositions. Listening to this raaga is supposed to destroy fear and increase our self-confidence, a perfect prescription for exam fever!

You can be sure that many of your favourite songs will be in this raaga. Below are some of my favourite songs in this raaga, I have omitted MANY other good songs because of the sheer number of songs in this raaga.

  1. Ghar Se Nikalte Hi—Rajesh Roshan—Papa Kehte Hain—A superhit song with great lyrics. Almost all the songs of this movie were good and they were in this raaga.
  2. Kabhi Kabhi—Khayyam—Kabhi Kabhi—A legendary song.
  3. Hamesha Tumko/Woh Chaand Jaisi—Ismail Darbar—Devdas—Fantastic tunes in a fantastic soundtrack.
  4. Malaiyoram Mayile—Ilaiyaraja—Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam—A folksy Kalyani usage.
  5. Siru Kootula—Ilaiyaraja—Periya Veetu Pannakkaran
  6. Amma Endru Azhaikkatha—Ilaiyaraja—Mannan—Ilaiyaraja & Yesudas praise the mother using this raaga. Can lyrics get better than this, courtesy lyricist Vaali!
  7. Janani Janani—Ilaiyaraja—Thaai Mookambikai—Music for meditation.
  8. Kaatril Varum Geethame—Ilaiyaraja—Oru Naal Oru Kanavu—Ilaiyaraja confuses his fans as we can’t choose which is a better Kalyani!
  9. Azhagu Nilave—A.R.Rahman—Pavithra—Lullaby in Kalyani
  10. Ponmulam—Vidyasagar—Chandrolsavam (Malayalam)
  11. Pulariyil—Suresh Peters—Runway(Malayalam)—A must-listen!

One Response to “Raagas in Films:Kalyani”

  1. Dr.Ashwinkumar June 8, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Nirpathuve nadapathuve from film bharathi by maestro is also in kalyani

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