For the first raga, we will take up Mayamalavagowla as it is called in South Indian Carnatic Music or an equivalent Bhairavas, called in the North Indian Hindustani Music. This raga is the first taught in carnatic music classes. The swaras that comprise this raga are as follows.
Sa Ri1 Ga3 Ma1 Pa Da1 Ni3 Sa’ in the Arohanam or the ascending scale and
Sa’ Ni3 Da1 Pa Ma1 Ga3 Ri1 Sa in the Avarohanam or the descending scale.
In carnatic music, there have been numerous compositions in Mayamalavagowla. Very famous among those are Meru samAna, Tulasi dala mulache both by Saint Thyagaraja, Deva deva kalayAmithe by Swathi Thirunal. Legend has it that Sri Mudduswamy Dikshithar composed his first song in this raga, the song is sri nAthAdhi guruguho on Lord Muruga after being blessed by the lord when he was in meditation.
Appreciating Mayamalavagowla and its essential phrases.
Mayamalavagowla (or equivalently Bhairav) is a very soulful raga. When played or sung with a perfect sruthi alignment, it sounds divine