Raagam is not what comes to our mind when we talk of a film song. It is a common perception that only classical compositions have raagam. In fact, our songs too, whether film, light or jaanapada, indeed have a raagam behind it. Sometimes a song is composed using several raagams and is hence called a *raagamaalika*. Example: "maanasa veeNa madhu geetam" from the movie "pantulamma". Unlike classical compositions, film songs usually dont explore the complete potential of a raagam, and sometimes get into wrong lanes by introducing anya swaram. Film music composers justify it as *creative freedom* but it is always a matter of debate. Music directors always keep in mind both panDita and paamara audience and try to make the song more `janaranjakam'. While it is true that music can be enjoyed without any knowledge about its theory, over a period of time even lay persons will be able to sometimes intuitively recognise that two particular songs sound *similar*, because they are based on the same raagam. Appended below is a posting (Classical 'rAgAs' of Carnatic music, posted on SCIT) by Sri Prabhakar, as brief introduction, for those interested. Interest to compile a list of film songs and their raga, began when Sreenivas contacted me in '94 refering to a list of songs posted by me in one of the earliest Telugu digests (way back in '92) and we; myself, Ram, Lucky, Sriram and Sreenivas worked behind this project. The first list was posted on the Internet in January, 1995. To our delight it was well received, but brought no new contributors. Only in recent months we could win Sreeyutulu Prabhakar, Ratnakar (both adding many new songs & raaga-s), Rajagopal (listing plenty of raagamaalikas) and Ramakrishna (making it available through his web page apart from his own additions). Without their massive contributions this release would n't have been possible.
Ways of accessing this list1. URL: http://members.tripod.com/~RKSanka/music/rslist.html 2. From RMIM's wonderful automailer by sending a mail: To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sub: rmim article 50 (NO message in the body!) I request netters to post songs and their raagam, if you know. If not sure about the raagam, indicate it by question marks and it can be investigated. Let us make this into rich compilation of film songs with proper raagam classification. Several hours of effort have gone in to this compilation and we shall be glad to have your comments, criticism and corrections and naturally compliments (if you have any :-)). Hope you enjoy the songs and wish that you too can recognise and identify the raga on which the song is based. Thanks and Regards Capt Madhu (email@example.com) Sreenivas Paruchuri (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sriram Pidaparti (sriram_Pidaparti@cargill.com) Ramakrishna Sanka (email@example.com) Ratnakar Sonthi (firstname.lastname@example.org) Rajagopal Tummarakoti (email@example.com) Ramanna Vishnubhotla Lakshmanna Vishnubhotla (firstname.lastname@example.org) Prabhakar Vissavajjhala (email@example.com)