Srothaswini (S G2 M1 P N3 S : S N3 P M1 G2 S) is a unique, disctinctive and beautiful raagam. It is just half note away from Suddha Dhanyasi(S G2 M1 P N2 S : S N2 P M1 G2 S) but renders a completely different feeling, emotion and melody.
‘Tfm page’ a popular website has a forum where people claim that Illaiyaraja “invented” this new raga through his song. Since I don’t have any facts, I cannot comment. Kudos to him if he did, but even if he did not, doesn’t reduce his genius in anyway! He is one of the very few composers to even dare attempt a compostion in this ragam and bring it to our attention! There are very tamil film songs in this raagam. Not an easy job composing songs in pure melodic ragam based fashion.
Illaiyaraja has created some phenomenal music in this raagam, my favorites are
1) ‘Sindhiya Venmani’ from the movie Poonthotta Kavalkaaran
2) ‘Poojaiketha Poovidhu’ from Needhana Andha kuyil
3) ‘Oh Vasantha Raja’ from Neengal Ketavai
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