A light, short piece described as a Mishra Dhun-an air based or styled on a folk tune, and not bound to any particular rag. The Dhun also uses several phrases reminiscent of Rag Khamaj, although there are some differences. The piece is set to the 8-beat folk-derived taal known as kaharva.
This is a live recording of a special concert performed in London to celebrate the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, on the 14th of November 1991. This was organised under the auspices of the Indian High Commission. The chief guest was the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay. Other distinguished guests included British Minister of Arts, Mr. Timothy Renton, Indian High Commissioner Dr. L. M. Singhvi and Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. K. V. Rajan. Earlier, there was a function where Pandit Nehru's bust was unveiled by the British Prime Minister Mr. John Major. For this special occasion, Kriti "Sada Mandil Vazhum" was specialy composed by Dr. Subramaniam in praise of Lord Ganesh. The Kriti has three sections: Pallavi, Anupallavi and Charanam. There are several other places in the Kriti where this special technique is used beautifully by the composer. The composition is in the Raga Abhogi. This piece, after going through different shades and colours in different speeds ranging from a very slow alaapana to exciting, unimaginable complicated rhythmic and virtuosic patterns, comes to a beautifully built-up climax, typical of Subramaniam's style.
One of the "small" rags of the classical repertory, Pahadi, "the mountain rag", is supposed to reflect the folk melody of the hill country of the northern Punjab; as this area is also associated with flute-playing.