The scales of Shanmukhapriya are as follows :
Aarohanam (Ascending) : S R2 G2 M2 P D1 N2 S’
Avarohanam (Descending) : S’ N2 D1 P M2 G2 R2 S
It is the 56th Raga on the Melakarta scale. It is associated with energy, heroism and courage, qualities which are also associated with Lord Muruga. The raga name means ‘that which pleases Lord Muruga’. Above all, it is a raga which invokes devotion.
Some songs that I enjoy in Shanmukhapriya are Sharavanabhava Ennum and Parvati Nayakane by Papanasam Sivan, Marivere Dikkevarayya by Patnam Subramanya Iyer, Siddhi Vinayakam by Muthuswamy Dikshithar and Valli Nayakane by Mutthiah Bhagavatar. And who can forget Sundarambal’s Pazham Nee Appa from the film Thiruvilaiyadal?
Tamil readers may enjoy the following discussion of the raga by Charulatha Mani.
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.