The scales of Raga Neelamani are as follows :

Aarohanam (Ascending) : S R2 M1 P D1 N3 S’
Avarohanam (Descending) : S’ N3 D1 P M1 R2 S

27-1 Neelamani

It is a Janya raga, derived from Sarasangi which is 27th on the Melakarta Scale.

27 Sarasangi

The mood of this raga is pathos and at times despair. It is a very minor raga with very few songs. In addition to enna kavi padinalum, one verse of chinnanjiru kiliye by Subramanya Bharati is often sung in this raga. It is better associated with the famous song Nalamdana from the film Thillana Mohanambal.

The raga sounds very similar to Shivaranjani, even though the scales are dissimilar. This is because the ragas are very close if we make a modal shift of the tonic note (graha bhedam) in Shivaranjani using panchama (P) as shadjam (S). I have tried to illustrate this for you below. You will see that the shift brings Shivaranjani close to Neelamani except for the nishadam N3.

Shivaranjani Neelamani

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.


19 responses to “Neelamani

  1. Bhuvana maharani


  2. S Santhanakrishnan

    More than Sivaranjani, it will come closer to Vijayanagari, ( where pratimadhyama is included and is equivalent to nishada3) sung in madhyama sthayi !

  3. Swati Venkatraman

    Tks a lot .Well explained.The Modal shift too.

  4. Jayakala Sreenivas

    Thanks a lot for the information

  5. dayananda kudupu

    thanking you for your better explanation about neelamani ragam

  6. B Shankar

    the song Neerodum Vaigailey ninradum Maaney sounds Neelamani or Vijayanagri. please clarify.

  7. Chandrasekaran Vasudevan

    i think it is Neelamani

  8. in the song Enna Kavi padinalum the swara D2 is used in singing the phrase Muruga by famous musicians like Aruna Sairam and OS Arun. But there is no D2 in Neelamani. Pl explain. Thanks.

    • Ah, but I’m not a musician so I have no answers for questions like this! You’ll have to approach a more knowledgeable person.. I am just a rasika.

  9. Excellent explanation! Thank you so much.

  10. Dr. C.V.Gopal

    What is its Hindustani equivalent for raga neelamani ?
    98410 70611.

  11. Kalyani R

    All nice explanation.but along with notes if an arohana avaarohan audios also attached t will b still clear so that there will not b any mistakes in our understanding. Any way tks for clarifications 👋👋🙏

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