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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  • 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

    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.


    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?