Music for rain
Sir, The Carnatic raga Amrithavarshini, when sung with devotion to Lord Varuna will surely bring good rain. When Sudha Raghunathan incorporated a song in Amrithavarshini in her concert in hot Doha in the Middle East a couple of years ago, there was torrential rain for a few days that people there asked her whether there was a raga to stop the downpour. There was a similar occurrence in New Delhi when the weather was a scorching 45 degrees. And during King Akbar's rule, the court musician Tansen created another such miracle.
Chennai's reservoirs are almost empty and the pipelines are dry. The chances of the North East Monsoon bringing showers are rather bleak. At this rate the city could become an arid zone. Hence this is an earnest appeal to all musicians to the raga everyday, in groups if possible, until the prayers are answered. The raga may also be included in all the music concerts this season.
Anna Nagar West.
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