Kharaharapriya (Sanskrit: खरहरप्रिया, Tamil: கரகரப்பிரியா) is a rāgam in Carnatic music (musical scale of South Indian classical music). It is the 22nd melakarta rāgam (parent scale) in the 72 melakarta rāgam system. Kharaharapriya has a distinct melody and brings out the Karuna rasam, invoking pathos in the listeners. The Kafi thaat of Hindustani music is the equivalent of Kharaharapriya.

There are many theories behind the etymology of the name Kharaharapriya. The most popular interpretation of the name is “Loved (priya) by the slayer (hara) of demon Khara”.

It is 4th rāgam in the 4th chakra Veda. The mnemonic name is Veda-Bhu. The mnemonic phrase is sa ri gi ma pa dhi ni. Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure (ascending and descending scale) is as follows:

ārohaṇa : S R2 G2 M1 P D2 N2 S
avarohaṇa : S N2 D2 P M1 G2 R2 S

Due to the even spacing of swaras, many janya rāgams (derived scales) are associated with Kharaharapriya. It is one of the melakarta scales that has a large number of janya rāgams. Many of the janya rāgams are very popular on their own, lending themselves to elaboration and interpretation. Some of them are Abheri, Abhogi, Bhimplaas (Hindustani music), Brindavana Saranga, Kāpi, Madhyamavathi, Mukhari, Reetigowla,Shree, Udayaravichandrika, Shivaranjani and Sriranjani.

See List of janya rāgams for full list of scales associated with Kharaharapriya.

(Source: wikipedia)

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Prana Naadhan (Malayalam)

Film: Kadaksham
Language: Malayalam
Singer: K.S.Chitra
Music Director: M.Jayachandran
Year: 2010

Baalanura Madhana (Telugu)

Film: Missamma
Language: Telugu
Singer: P.Susheela
Music Director: Saluri Rajeshwar Rao
Year: 1955

Madhavi Pon Mayilaal (Tamil)

Film: Iru Malargal
Language: Tamil
Singer: T.M.Soundararajan
Music Director: M.S.Viswanathan
Year: 1967

Thirupaar Kadalil (Tamil)

Film: Swami Ayyappan
Language: Tamil
Singer: K.J.Yesudas
Music Director: G.Devarajan
Year: 1975

Mapilaikku Maaman Manathu (Tamil)

Film: Netrikkann
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): P.Susheela, Malaysia Vasudevan
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1981

Sangeetha Swarangal (Tamil)

Film: Azhagan

Language: Tamil

Singer(s): S.P.Balasubramaniam, S.Janaki

Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja

Year: 1991

Sandhikaatha Kangalil Inbangal (Tamil)

Film: 180 - Rules Kidaiyathu
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): Unni Menon, K.S.Chitra, S.Sowmya
Music Director: S.Sharreth
Year: 2011

Uthara Swayamvaram (Malayalam)

Film: Danger Biscut
Language: Malayalam
Singer: K.J.Yesudas
Music Director: V.Dakshinamoorthy
Year: 1969

Poo Malarndhida (Tamil)

Film: Tik Tik Tik
Language: Tamil
Singer: K.J.Yesudas, S.Janaki
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1981

Sree Raagamo (Malayalam)

Film: Pavithram

Language: Malayalam

Singer: K.J.Jesudas

Music Director: Sharreth

Year: 1994

Poi Sollalam (Tamil)

Film: Hey! Nee Romba Azhaga Irukke
Language: Tamil
Singer(s): P.Unnikrishnan, Anuradha Sriram
Music Director: Murugavel
Year: 2002

Chakkani Raja (Telugu)

Film: Madhuchandralekha
Language: Carnatic / Telugu song in Malayalam movie
Singer: Shankaran Namboodhri
Composer: Tyagaraja
Music Director: M.Jayachandran
Year: 2006

Kharahara Priya (Nadaswaram + Alaapanai)

Film: Unnal Mudiyum Thambi
Language: Nadaswaram + Alaapanai in Tamil movie
Artists: K.J.Yesudas, Karukurichi P. Arunachalam
Music Director: I.Ilaiyaraja
Year: 1988

  • Kundan56

    find thiruvaranmula krishna -which is said to be in Sahaara by k s chitra:

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  • Kundan56

    thanks a lot for the songs links and its description of ragaas. i would like to present the link to the song thiruvaranmula krishna by k s chitra which is said to be in Sahaana:

    [link removed by moderator]

  • Kundan56

    mam,
    thanks a lot for the efforts to quote the nuances of some ragaas., and also for the links to songs. but i cannot see the list of songs in carnatic claasical. please provide the krithis also in the relevant ragaas .i would like to get comments on raga nilambari and also the song lists both classical and film song.

  • Kundan56

    there should be provision for editing the post one has made to correct the spelling mistakes or so.

  • Vijayaseelan

    Thank you.

  • Rajendra Prasad

    S R2 G1 M1 P D2 N1 S
    S N1 D2 P M1 G1 R2 S

    is correct I think.

    Rajendra Prasad.

  • UBUNTU

    suttum vizhi chudare song is karaharaPriya

  • Azhagan music director is Maragada Mani,  not Ilayaraja.  Please change it in the “songs in kharaharapriya” link.

  • Lastfreename

    Thiruppaarkadalil Palli Kondaaye is in Raga Bhairavi! Please make that change. Thanks!

  • guest

    i thought Sandhikaatha Kangalil Inbangal (Tamil) was in anandha bhairavi ragam.
    can some1 plz confirm or deny?