Once that radio program series featuring the Carnatic raga based film songs was over, had a collection of some Carnatic ragas and the film songs set in them.
Referred a Carnatic music book in Srivilliputhur Penington library and noted down the swaras for the ragas in my list.As a next step I needed a musical instrument to try playing the swaras of the ragas and the songs.A student friend from Madurai helped by lending his mini keyboard.
The first raga I chose was Hindholam.An old Tamil song was set in its scale.Sa Ga2 Ma1 Dha1 Ni2.
I knew that the song Alaikkadhe Alaikkadhe is hidden among those 5 keys and I played that song in first attempt.The joy I had could have beaten the joy of Sir Edmund Hilary.
The scale of Hindolam:
Try it out now (Click on Notes,then click on Click to Activate keyboard control (on the top right) once.)
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Film songs set in Hindolam scale.
Ramanukku mannar mudi sari thane by P.Bhanumathi
Ennada Kadhal idhu - Chinna poove mella pesu
Dharisanam kidaikathaa-Alaigal oyvathillai
Which of the songs below is in Hindolam?
a) Anandha then katru
c) Om Namasivaya