Beautifully sung by Sreevalson Menon
Amongst other things, Kanthanodu Chennu in Nilambari, at about 50 minutes or so is incredibly beautiful.
Why is this song so well loved? I don’t know, but I love it nevertheless 🙂
It does contain the same pattern that repeats over and over. Maybe that tells us something about humanity and music.
So quiet is the night: the insects chirping, random traffic sounds. The tight balance between solitude and loneliness.
Mukhari is one of those ragas that defy classification in the Venkatamakhin 72 melakarta raga scheme. The Arohanam has Chatushrithi Dhaivatham and the Avarohanam has Shuddha Dhaivatham, a trait, it shares with Bhairavi. Do you classify it under Natabhairavi or Kharaharapriya? The skipping of Gandharam in the ascent with the SRM phrases lends it’s own beauty and the jagged (vakra) PNDS fixes Mukhari as opposed to sister ragas Bhairavi et al. Watch this video at about 30 minutes or so, for a truly masterful and serene interpretation of Mukhari by the 80 year old Vedavalli, who uses every ounce of her rich classical experience over all these years. The beauty and dexterity of her handling of Mukhari more than makes up for the lack of robustness in her voice.
Israel Gelfand famously chided his students to declare that they didn’t study differential geometry or representation theory etc but that they studied mathematics. I was witness to the unity of mathematics in a rather stunning way. Working with the linearized Euler equations of hydrodynamics on the two dimensional torus, if one studies the spectrum of the linearization about a steady state, one is naturally led into counting problems associated with the integer lattice, stuff that shows up in number theory. To see this connection, between problems in the stability theory of fluid dynamics on the one hand and counting problems and number theory on the other hand, is startling to say the least, at least to the mathematically naive person such as me. At a deeper level, one is led then to wonder at such things as the Platonic nature of mathematical reality.