It is time to bid farewell to 2012 and welcome the new year, 2013! Like all good things, let us end this year on an auspicious note with a quick snippet on ‘Mangalam’.
‘Mangalam’ is a Sanskrit word that refers to ‘auspiciousness'. It also refers to a rendition sung in festive and auspicious occasions including weddings, concerts and other festivals.
In Carnatic music, mangalams are usually a concluding part of every concert to signify a good ending involving a prayer to the Almighty.
Mangalams have been composed in the kirtana, kriti and other formats by composers including Tyagaraja, Purandara Dasa, Swati Tirunal and so forth.
Shlokas centered on the ‘mangalam’ theme, such as ‘mangalam kosalendraya’ are also rendered in the viruttam format in some concerts.
Mangalams are typically rendered in ragas like Saurashtra, Suruti, Shri, Madhyamavati, Manirangu and Asaveri.
Many of these compositions are a concluding part of mammoth musical works such as the Prahlada Bhakti Vijayam by Tyagaraja, the Kamalamba Navavaranam by Muttuswami Dikshitar and the Nandanar Charitram by Gopalakrishna Bharati.
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