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Turncoat Thillana

May be I am on a musical overdrive. But what the heck!

After some exchanges on Mohana Kalyani with one of my cousins recently, my interest to do another classical raga interpretation got reignited. (I had done a Bhoopalam based piece earlier).

With no real idea except the basic goal of understanding & experimenting with the raga, I started fooling around in my studio. Initially some ‘Jathis’ were added. But later I thought unless I am able to do a whole hearted attempt on Jathis, of which I am no expert on, it is better to pull that out.

So, what I got after 4 hours was a piece which is heavily based on my interpretation of Mohana Kalyani in a Thillana style improvised by me. Calling it “Turncoat Thillana” for the slightly naughty liberty that I took.″


Besides fantasizing about being a Peter Gibbons at least for a couple of days at my work, I think I have a long way to go to realize some of the other fantasies. But like any ambitious man out there, I will get there! Note: All views expressed in this blog are mine alone and have got nothing to do with my company Cogent IBS, Inc., its employees or any of its affiliates.

4 thoughts on “Turncoat Thillana

  1. Hi Ganapathy

    Amazing!!!!! listened to it just now on the screen left open by Raji manni.. how are you getting the tabla background? from your keyboard or some software?.. why turncoat? should be more like a fusion thillana or something 🙂

    RV annan

    1. Thanks RV Annan..All sounds are produced using keyboards/software in my studio. I wish I can work with live instruments..but since I am not a professional, it is not easy to coordinate and manage. But I am glad you liked it.

      Well the reason I call it Turncoat is because I am still calling it a Thillana..So since I am conforming to the Thillana rules, thought I would plead guilty before pulled in for a trial..:-)

  2. 4 hrs job is very pleasing to listen to. ( a great piece in 4 hrs time? must have put in complete effort and concentration)
    Tabla and the mild style of drums form a good base. Nice tune. Amazed at the usage of Indian classical instruments in its own style by softwares. The violin that spreads slowly overlapping the initial tone gives richness, and it becomes casual,to substantiate the title.!That part is beautiful.. If swaras are added then the song would have sounded complicatingly sweet…you should have tried that out… Here how would Veena sound instead of the initial tone that you had used? Would that be very heavy and monotonous? I am not able to imagine…Well,Very little knowledge on Ragas, so cant comment on it , except that it is very nice to listen.You must have had some lyrics or swarams in mind while doing it…
    The ending tune and the instrument’s tone( what was that? strings/bass?) are good. A classic piece..! Be ignited!

    1. I don’t have veena samples..As someone who learnt to play Veena, that was my first choice for some parts of the song..Mostly wherever I have used the guitar. For experimentation purposes, I ended up working on the guitar sound to make it sound like a combination of harp/santoor.
      As for the time it took – guess it is in my territory, being a classical song. No. I didn’t have any lyrics & mood in mind..Normally when I work on interpreting a raga, I just let my creativity flow..and play whatever comes to my mind. For the main melody line of this number, all instruments were played in one take. Only the rhythm tracks, bass tracks and the ending piece took multiple iterations.

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