One may wonder ‘Why the special place for Karnatik Classical style in Ramananjali?’
This is a highly systematized music form based on scientific and intuitive understanding of the principles of sound and having Self-Knowledge as its supreme goal. There is a special place for Karnatik Classical style in Ramananjali as the unfathomable grace of Bhagavan Ramana has brought forth the entire gamut of this format in Ramana Sangitam.
Swaravalis with Bhagavan Ramana’s ‘Arunachala Aksharamana Malai’ – a most subtle and potent mantra - making it available in a simple format even to beginners of Karnatic Music.
Alankaras embedded with Muruganar’s ‘Ramana Sannidhi Murai’.
♪ Simple Swarajathis
♪ Major Swarajathis
♪ Tana Varnams
♪ Major Kritis (both in janya ragas and covering 23 melakarthas)
♪ Raga – tala – graha bheda Kruthi (Appalam song in Tamil)
♪ Pada Varnams
♪ Ata Tala Varnams
♪ Daru Varnam
♪ Simple Kritis
What are the varieties of compositions that are available in Ramana Sangitam as ‘tukkudas’ or small pieces?
The varieties of ‘tukkudas’ in Ramana Sangitam are
♪ Tamil Pann
♪ Light classical songs
♪ Tiruppugazh (22)
♪ Tiruvembavai (47)
♪ Hindi bhajans
♪ Kavadi Chindu
♪ Thillanas (40)
♪ Mangalams (10)
What are the special classical compositions in Ramana Sangitam?
✓ Ramana Pada Pancharatnam (Five new Kritis in the Ghana ragas on the exact lines of Thyagaraja Pancharatnam, taken from Siva Prakasam Pillai’s ‘Pada Malai’ having extremely powerful lyrics and the ability to draw everyone to it. Performed annually in Bhagavan’s Aradhana Celebrations at the Ramana Shrine, Bangalore, at different Ramana Kendras and the day after Aradhana at Bhagavan’s Shrine of Grace, the Ramaneswara Temple in Tiruvannamalai.
✓Dasa Ghana Raga songs
✓Ramana Vara Tudi (for the seven days of the week)
✓ Special Ragamalikas
▪ On Bhagavan’s life, using alternating Shuddha Madhyama and Prati Madhyama Ragas.
▪ Appalam song in Telugu – using only Audava (five swara) ragas – alternating Panchama and Pachama Varga Ragas.
What are the Classical compositions available in Ramana Sangitam that could be used for Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi?
♪ Ganesa Vandanas