Influence of popular Carnatic and Hindustani music
ragas on Malayalam film music

Article by Sri. M.T. Cherian

The popularity of some malayalam film songs may be attriubuted to the fact that  they are based on well known  carnatic ragas. A few songs  are also based on Hindustani music ragas.

The malayalam film industry has been fortunate to have music directors like Raveendran, Devarajan master , Dakshinamurthy,  M K Arjunan ,Johnson , M G Radhakrishnan, Baburaj,  Kaithpram, to
name a few who have a keen sense of carnatic music ragas. Even music directors not native to kerala like Ilayaraja and Naushad have composed songs in malayalam  films based on ragas

I have complied a list of some of the malayalam songs with details like the ragas they are based on , the music director the name of the movie etc. Hope all carnatic music lovers will find this interesting.

Raga
Title of song
Name of
Movie
Music
Director
Abheri
Pathuvellipinn u   
Vengalam
Raveendraan
Abheri
Maane Malramban
Ayal
Kathaezhuthukayanu
Raveendran
Anandabharavi
Arattinu Anakal  
Shastram Gayichu
Manushyan Thottu
Dakshinamurthy
Arabhi
Thiruvona pularithan
Thiruvonam
M K Arjunan
Baghesri
Chandanam Manakunna
Acuvettante Veedu
Vidyadharan
Bimplas
Thamasamehthe varuvan
Bhargavinilayam
Baburaj
Bilahari
Anandanadanam Adi
Kamaladalam
Raveeendran
Charukeshi
Krishna krupa sagaram      
Sargam
Bombay Ravi
Charukeshi
Pularitu mangu tulli
Ulsava Pettenu
Devarajan
Darbari Kannada
Azhake nenmizhi
amaram
Raveendran
Desh
Shnakhapushpam  
Shakuntala
Devarajan
Dwijavanthi  
Enodenthini Pinakkam
Kaliyattom
Kaithapram
Hamsadhwani
Ragangale Mohangale
Tarattu  
Raveendran
Hari Kamboji
Durekizhakudikum  
Chitram
Kannur Rajan
Hindolem
Chandana Manivathil
Marikunnila Njan
Raveendran
Jog  
Pramavadamvanam Veendum
His Highnesss abdulla
Raveendran
Kamboji
Kattile Pazmulam
Vellakku Vangia Veena
Dakshinamurthy
Kalyani
Janaki Jane
Dhruvam
Naushad
Kiravani
Puvayi virinju
Adharvam
Illayaraja
Kaanada
Nadaroopani Shankari
His Highness Abdulla
Raveendran
Kappi
Sanyasini
Rajahamsam  
Devarajan
Kharaharapriya
Hridayasarasile
Padunnapuzha
Dakshinamurthy
Mayamadhavagawla
Pavanarachu ozhukkuna  
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S Balakrishnan
Madhyamavadhi  
ottakambi Nadam
Thenum Vayambum
Raveendran
Malayamarutham
Pularkal Sundara
Oru Maymasa Pulariyil
Raveendran
Miya Malhar
 
Enneniku Pottu
GuruvayoorKeshavan
Devarajan
Mohanam
Areyum Bhava Gayakanakkum
Nakshathangal
Bombay
Ravi
Natta
Gopankane Atmavile
Bharatham
Raveendran
Shankarabharanam
Keeralam Keeralam  
Minimol
Devarajan
Shudha Dhanyasi
Sangamam sangamam  
Triveni
Devarajan
Chakravakam  
Aiyiram Kathamakale
Harshabashpam
 
M K
Arjunan


Sri. M T Cherian is the CEO of www.alappuzhaonline.com
a tourist information portal on Alappuzha district of Kerala providing
information and reservations for houseboat rides in the back waters of
kerala.
He enjoys listening to classical carnatic and hindustani music apart from popular film songs, gazals and sufi music.

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