Raga Saraswathi – Carnatic Compositions

Here are some popular carnatic compositions in raga Saraswathi.

1.Tyagaraja‘s well known composition Anuragamule sung by K.V.Narayanaswamy.

2. A popular composition of GN Balasubramaniam, Saraswathi Namostuthe presented by Jayanthi Kumaresh on the veena.

Ranjani-Gayatri singing the same song.

3. TM Krishna singing a ragam-tanam-pallavi.

4. A composition of Papanasam Sivan, Saraswathi Dayainidhi sung by Gayathri Venkataraghavan.

5. Purandaradasa‘s composition Nalithade Yenna Naalige which was presented as part of my terrace concert at Vijaya College of Music, Bangalore.

This melody has been imported into Hindustani music retaining the same name, raag Saraswati. Here is Malini Rajurkar singing raag Saraswati in the Hindustani tradition.

For more details on renditions of raag Saraswati in the Hindustani tradition click here.

The Malayalam movie song Saraswathi Yamam Kazhinju sung by Yesudas is based on this raga.

The old Tamil movie song Yaanai Mugane Karunakarane sung by M.S.Sarojini and composed by Papanasam Sivan is also based in this raga.

Raga Saraswathi is a janya of the 64th Mela raga Vachaspati. The scale of the raga reads as follows. S R2 M2 P D2 S  S N2 D2 P M2 R2 S

For songs on goddess Saraswathi in different ragas, click here.

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