Madhuvanti Raag Description

Madhuvanti is the name of a raga used in Indian classical music. It is a Hindustani music raga, which is reported to have been borrowed into Carnatic music, and is structurally similar to Multani.

This Raag is based on Kalyan Thaat(Mode).It is a romantic raga based on the foundation, eternity and colors of love. Madhu literally means honey. It is a very sweet raga with a very simple philosophy of love and romance.

Hindustani music

Madhuvanti’s notes are S g M P N S’ while ascending and all the swaras, S’ N D P M g R S, in the descent. (notations M – tivra,g-komal gandhar). Madhuvanti belongs to thaat Todi.

Time

Madhuvanti is played after 4 pm before 8 pm.

Rasa

Madhuvanti expresses a gentle loving sentiment. It depicts the sringaar rasa, used to express the love of an individual towards his or her beloved.Refer to the introduction.

Carnatic music

Madhuvanti is the janya raga of the 59th Melakarta of Carnatic Music, Dharmavati.

Structure and Lakshana

Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure (ascending and descending scale) is as follows:

ārohaṇa: S G2 M2 P N3 S
avarohaṇa: S N3 D2 P M2 G2 R2 S
The notes used are Chathusruthi Rishabham (R2), Sadharana Gandharam (G2), Prati Madhyamam (M2), Chathusruthi Dhaivatham (D2) and Kakali Nishadham (N3). Notations of Carnatic music and Hindustani music differ a little bit (see swaras in Carnatic music for details on above notation and terms). It is an audava-sampurna raga (5 notes in ascending and all 7 notes in descending scale).

Compositions

Madhuvanti is a popular raga. This raga has been used to compose many tukadas (short compositions sung towards end of Carnatic music concert).

It has also been used in Indian movie songs and music as it lends itself to lilting melodies.

Thaat
Todi
Vaadi/Samvaadi
P/S
Prahar 3 (12 pm - 3 pm)
Important Anuvaadi
Aaroha'N-S-g-M-P-N-S'
BhaavShadj-Madhyam
AvarohaS'-N-D-P-Mg-Mg-R-S
Saptak-pradhaanata
Madhya
PakadD-(P)M-P-g-M-g-R-S
Tanpura TuningP
JaatiAudav-Sampoorn
Other Characteristics
Similar Raagas
Popular Film Songs1. Rasm-e-ulfat ko nibhaayen, to nibhaayen kaise
Film: Dil Ki Rahen
Singers:
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Music Director:
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Non-Film Songs1. Teri khushi se agar gham mein bhi khushi na hui (Ghazal)
Singers: Mehdi Hassan
Taala:
Music Director:
Poet: