The scales of Nadanamakriya are as follows :

Aarohanam (Ascending) : S R1 G3 M1 P D1 N3
Avarohanam (Descending) : N3 D1 P M1 G3 R1 S N3

Nadanamakriya is a janya raga, derived from Mayamalavagowla (below), 15th on the Melakarta scale.

15 Mayamalavagowla

It is a Nishandantya Raga ie. the highest note sung is the Nishadam (N3). This leaves me with a questioning kind of feeling, a certain yearning. This mood is enhanced by songs sung in a very slow tempo and where the lyrics are contemplative and meditative. In the category comes songs like Arar Asaipadar by Muthu Thandavar and the padam Paiyyada by Kshetranagar. Other songs I like are Bhajasva Sri by Oothukadu Venkata Subbaiyer, Jagadeesha by Swati Thirunal and Karuna Jalade by Tyagaraja.

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.


8 responses to “Nadanamakriya

  1. Padma

    Dear Suja
    Sooryagayathri yesterday performed for Datta yoga centre at Forest hill college , Melbourne. She sang the Bhadrachala Ramadas krithi ye theragu nannu Daya choodeva in nadanamakriya..
    A soulful rendition .. one just got immersed with the divine
    Was googling to read about the raagam and saw this post of yours .. yes it’s meditative

    This is the link to her yesterday’s rendition
    Felt like sharing with you .

  2. Hi Padma, I didn’t even know that Sooryagayathri was coming here! I’ve seen a number of her youtube videos and would have been interested to listening to her in person. But Mondays are baby sitting days for me, I couldn’t have made it to the concert anyway. Thanks for the video. I do love Nadanamakriya, it is so very soothing…
    Cheers. Suja

    • Padma

      Dear Suja
      That’s sad that you didn’t know
      It was on 18 th Sunday evening .
      May be next time I will write before the event 😊
      Cheers Padma

  3. Prasanna Sridharan

    Thanks for info. Also the bhaja govindam charanam ‘bhagavad Geeta kinjita deeta..’ is in this raag

  4. Ramya

    Very well constructed blog.

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