The scales of Kurinji are as follows :

Aarohanam (Ascending) : S N3 S R2 G3 M1 P D2
Avarohanam (Descending) : D2 P M1 G3 R2 S N3 S

Kurinji is a janya raga, derived from Dheera Shankharabharanam (below), 29th on the Melakarta scale.

29 Shankarabharanam

It is a Dhavaitantya Raga with only limited sancharams as the highest note that can be sung or played in this Raga is the Dhaivatam (D2).  This raga is sung within a single octave, giving a very mellow effect. It is therefore very suitable for lullabies as well as for aarati songs. Some well known songs in this raga are Seeta Kalyanam Vaibhogame by Tyagaraja, Bruhi Mukundenti by Sadashiva Brahmendra, Muddugare Yashoda and Ksheerabdhi Kanyakakku by Annamacharya. Annamacharya’s songs were discovered only as words; they have been set to music by other musicians.

Note : The 12 notes in the octave are named as below. Please note that C is used as Sa for the sake of simplicity as the scale is relative in Carnatic Music. Also note that the scales paint only a superficial picture of the raga as the gamakas(ornamentations) are a very important part of a raga.


9 responses to “Kurinji

  1. Srutilaya

    Just wondering- is the aarti song ‘jai ganesh jai ganesh’ also in kurinji perhaps? Can you please confirm.

  2. Hari Ramakrishnan

    Is this raga similar to Neelambari? How can we differentiate the two? Is Aliveni enthu cheyvu composed in Kurinji or Neelambari?

  3. Pallippuram Sajith

    have you heard a raaga called Navarasam which is found mainly in Padams .. looks very similar. Have not found anything to compare them on there internet

  4. Satheesan V m

    സത്യസന്ധമായ വിവരങ്ങൾ വിവരണങ്ങൾ നന്ദി.

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