Rajasadhaka is a rāgam created by Mahesh Mahadev in Carnatic music & Hindustani Music (musical scale of South & North Indian classical music). It is a pure Janya raga and adheres to the strict rules of the Indian Classical Music and it is also an innovation in the world of Western Musical scales and modes. This janya rāgam (derived scale) from the 65th melakarta scale Mechakalyani. It does not have all the seven swaras (musical notes) in both the ascending & descending scale. Mahesh Mahadev has named the equivalent of Rajasadhaka in Hindustani music as Rajasadhak. Rajasadhak belongs to the Kalyan thaat of Hindustani music. Rajasadhaka means “The Royal Achiever” This raga dedicated and named after India’s Great Scientist ‘Padmashri’ Dr. Y. S. Rajan. The first composition in this raga is Mahesh Mahadev’s English song ‘Transforming a Rickety Workshop’ penned by Dr. Y. S. Rajan
The Song composition was presented live on a special occasion in the presence of India’s renowned Industrialist ‘Padmabhushan’ Dr. Tarun Das, India’s Great Scientist ‘Padmashri’ Dr.Y.S. Rajan, Dr . M. R. Jayaram, Chairman, Ramaiah & Gokula Educational Institutions and many dignitaries on 27th April 2018 at Dwaraka Hall, Ramaiah University Campus, Mathikere, Bengaluru, India.
Structure and Lakshana
IN CARNATIC MUSIC
Rajasaadhaka is a symmetric rāgam that does not contain madhyamam or nishadham in ascending with dhaivatham and gandharam in its descending scale. It is an audava-audava rāgam (meaning a pentatonic scale). Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure (ascending and descending scale) is as follows:
The notes used in this scale are shadjam, chatushruti rishabham, sadharana gandharam, panchamam and chatushruti dhaivatham in ascending scale. The descending scale has shadjam, chatushruti rishabam, prati madhyamam, panchamam and kaakali nishadam.
IN HINDUSTANI MUSIC
Rajsaadhak is a symmetric rāga that does not contain madhyam or nishadh in ascending with dhaivath and gandhar in its descending scale. It is an audav-audav rāga (meaning a pentatonic scale). Its āroh-avaroh structure (ascending and descending scale) is as follows:
The notes used in this scale are shadj, shuddh rishabh, komal gandhar, pancham and shuddh dhaivath in ascending scale. The descending scale has Shadj, Shuddh Rishabh, Teevra madhyam, Pancham and Shuddh Nishadh.
IN WESTERN MUSIC
Royal Achiever is an innovation by Mahesh Mahadev in the world of Western Musical scales and modes. This scale is symmetric and pentatonic in nature. Its structure is as follows:
Transforming a Rickety Workshop sung by Priyadarshini