Though I respect all forms of music, I like Carnatic and Hindustani music the most. My mother and I like when the singer uses a lot of ‘swaras’ in the song. In the early days, even though I heard a few lyrics in the evangelical circle, I never heard a single song with ‘swaras’.
Since I am not trained in a traditional way, I cannot use ‘kalpana swaras’ for my songs. But I finally fulfilled that desire by using the ‘sitta swara’ composed by Mysore Vasudevachariya to one of his famous songs ‘Broche va revarura’ in Telugu. I don’t know Telugu, but this song become very famous after it appeared in the Telugu film Sankarabaranam.
Since I saw the film several times and listened to the songs often, I quickly memorized that ‘sitta swara’. I then used it to write a song when I was travelling from Dharmapuri to Marandahalli in 1981 in my heart, and when I reached Marandahalli, immediately I completed that song with swaras.
‘Sitta swaras’ is composed originally by the author of the lyrics along with the song and in principle the singer has to use the same swaras when they sing that song. Whereas in other songs, they have the freedom to use their ‘kalpana swaras’ that suits to that particular raga. Continue reading