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Abhishek Raghuram sings a mellifluous svarajati in Thodi, composed by Syama Sastri. Abhishek sings the composition in vilambit (slow pace) to the accompaniment of the tambura (drone). This is a song representative of the classical music of South India (carnatic music).
A svarajati is a pleasing melody with combination of swaras (notes) and jatis (a particular form of patterns found in dance-based compositions) - Syama Sastri's svarajatis are now commonly sung only with swaras.
The svarajatis are pleasing not only for their simplicity, but also for the inherent grammar/methodology in their notations. The three Svarajatis of Syama Sastri (composed in the heavy ragas thodi, bhairavi & yadukulakambodhi) are afforded particular prominence in a carnatic concert. They are characteristic of the gamaka-laden (ornamentations/oscillations) nature of carnatic music. In this song, one can observe each note (swaram) is notated with particular gamakams for each time point. Distinctive to Tyagaraja compositions (which are rich with many notes) - a Syama Sastri composition is arranged with simple notes - yet progresses with the heavy gamaka that forms the characteristic nature of Thodi & of carnatic music. You can listen to a typical Thyagaraja composition sung by Abhishek here: (Magic @ the Academy by abhianandkorvais.)