Ilaiyaraaja has only few chakravaagams in his account. In the
janya raagas of chakravaagam, he has excellent numbers. Like, Malayamaarutham....
Sa Ri1 Ga3 Pa Da2 Ni2 Sa, Sa Ni2 Da2 Pa Ga3 Ri1 Sa. His first malayamarutham
came as a pleasant surprise in Sridhar's movie (for whom he always had a soft
corner) "Thenralae ennai thodu". I distinctly remember how the 'Ananda Vikatan'
magazine wrote in glowing terms about "kannmani nee vara kathirunthen" song in
malayamaarutham. Yesudoss and Uma Ramanan had done a wonderful job in that song.
Ga Pa Da Sa Ni Da Pa Da Pa Ga, Ga Pa Ga Sa Sa Ri. What a wonderful start! The
sharp rishabam gave a beautiful colour to this song. Maybe Ilaiyaraaja's first
malayamaarutham was "poojakaana neram" in "kaadal ovium. That was a good song
too. Dheepan chakravarthi had struggled to keep in pace with that tune.
Then came "Thendral vanthu muthamittathu" in malayamaarutham
in "Oru odai nadiyagirathu"(another sridhar's movie). Gosh! That was a fast song
too. Krishnachandar and S.P.Shailaja tried their best, but probably spoiled it.
Particularly, S.P.Shailaja has sung like the shrill sound you hear when you
apply the breaks on a car that you bought for 500 $! There are two other songs
in which he has deleted both Ni and Ma in chakravaagam. I don't think that such
a raga exists in carnatic music with any known name. Those two songs are "amudhae
thamizhae" (kovil pura), and "nila kuyilae" (magudi). They are simply excellent.
One should be an artist and play those songs to know their quality. Amudhae
thamizhae starts like Sa Ri Ga, Sa Ri Ga, Sa Ri Ga Pa Ga Ri Sa, Sa Ri Sa Da
Sa...Pulamai Pithan's lyrics glorified that song. In the charanam he says, if
you listen to and speak Thamizh, " Oon mezhugai urugum, athil ulagam karainthu
pogum", such is the beauty of this language...! by Lakshminarayanan Srirangam