Monday, November 3, 2008

Harris! Please leave Karaharapriya alone

Mr. Harris Jayaraj! This is a sincere request from me to leave Karaharapriya and her cousin Natabhairavi alone for sometime. You have other zillions of swaram combinations to explore. Agreed that you have given us wonderful melodies using these 2 ragams. But it's time to move on sir. Its been too much of late. And you are trying to make the same note sound different each time using different rhythm patterns and some interesting interludes. But, yeah, after a point, it has become so repetitive that I might lose interest. You are capable of giving us great songs. So, next time let us not hear the same set of swarams set to different beats. My petition is that since you are the sole melody king in the tamil film world now, please provide some quality music to live up to your name.

Some suggestions:
- The Bombay Jayashree-adi thondai-natabhairavi genre could be put to rest for sometime
- Explore swara patterns other than SR2PM1R2S, R2PM1G2R2S, M1PN2PM1R2S (surfeited karaharapriya and janyas)
- Try something in a Prathi Madhyama ragam. I think, the only prathi madhyamam that I have heard is your "Mudhar Kanave", that too only as a baashanga in Natabhairavi, your favorite.
- Retain the melodious interludes but again, in different ragams.
- Compose something in Sindhu Bhairavi, Mayamalavagowla, keeravaani, charukeshi. Expand your repertoire.
- How come you have not composed anything in Hindolam, Mohanam or a Kalyani(atleast to my recollection). These are music director's all time favorites. I want to hear your techno blend with ragams like these.


1 comment:

Arun Narayanan ( U109011) said...

Yes.. Agreed that Harris has adopted this karaharapriya raga as his own!!!

But thats the beauty of his composition. This is what I felt as intoxication. When I hear a karaharapriya raga with technoblend and innovative percussion, it shud definitely belong to Harris Jeyaraj.

But you can see now , how he has adopted to create music in Charukesi( nenjil nenjil )etc., raagas like Mayamalava gowla , kalyani are all conquered territories of Ilayaraja.. I dont know if there can be any composer who can create a class for himself other than Ilayaraja in raagas like Mayamalavagowla, keeravani , kalyani etc..