October 20th, 2011 by Anjali

In carnatic music Mallari is associated to Nadaswaram instrument, the Mangala vadyam (auspicious instrument).  Redention of Mallari is an important part of Nagaswaram repertoire. Nagaswaram music is a part of every day temple ritual. During deepaaradhana’s and temple processions Mallari is played with this instrument along with Tavil. The common ragas in which Mallari’s are presented are Gambheera nattai, Nattai, gowla, and Arabhi.

Following links have detailed information on types Mallari’s :

The following video demonstrates the  Mallari in Ragam Nattai and Talam Adi. Thanks to my friends on and Jaya Akka (daughter of Swami Malai Rajaratnam Pillai) who helped me identify this ragam and also shared an interesting fact. She said that the  song was composed by her legendary father Shri Swamimalai Rajaratnam Pillai as Pushpanjali for his students.



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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sisira Oct 21, 2011 at 2:41 am

    when i watch this item my eye cant believe. this item was very nice, i love it so much, its very beautiful. i wish her to success,

  • 2 S Oct 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Another excellent presentation, Where does Mallari come in a traditional BN margam? In the beginning? thanks in advance…

  • 3 S Oct 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    ps to my previous: we rarely get to see Mallari in a performance. Why is that?

  • 4 Anjali Oct 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Mallari is considered to be one of the Invocatory pieces in bharatanatyam. So you can open a performance with a Mallari.

  • 5 Aneesa Nov 4, 2011 at 5:40 am

    yes, although mallari (and pushpanjali) was not traditionally part of margam in dasi attam.
    now as we dance not alone in temples, the margam is completely different – more captivating and difficult in order to amaze the audience and maecenas of arangetram. :-/

  • 6 sujina Nov 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Great job.Could you upload the audio for this

  • 7 Anjali Nov 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

    @sujina, the audio is available on search for bharatam vol.

  • 8 SATYA Nov 8, 2011 at 9:22 am

    HI Anjali.You havebeen doing a great work for the people who really like dance but find no time to attend classes.i request u to please perform for muddugare yashoda and upload when u have free time.Thanks!

  • 9 ruchira sirohi Nov 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    this is awesome, wonderful job

  • 10 roopa Nov 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    u r doing great work.i wounder have you posted mandaklas any where.if not will you please share it.
    thank you

  • 11 Aneesa Dec 14, 2011 at 7:05 am

    dear Everyone, i found the music link,
    where you can listen to it.

    named as “mallari”

  • 12 anushaps Dec 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

    found the relevant soundtrack at this link!track/mallari-7

  • 13 adriana ananda Jan 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Hi,beatiful dance.Thanks

  • 14 pritam kulkarni Mar 9, 2012 at 4:20 am

    pls sent mallari audio music

  • 15 Srilata Kattekola Mar 10, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Hello Anjali Mam, I am Srilata from Mumbai, i am presently pursuing engineering, i had learnt Bharatanatyam for 4 yrs, i left it then due to certain reasons, i wished to continue now, bt due to a tight schedule it hd become too difficult for me to go to classes out, so ur website and ur great guidance through your videos reminds me of my teacher Mrs.Sushmita who was my Guru to teach me Bharatanatyam, I just wanted to thank u and its my great pleasure to watch and learn my beloved Bharatanatyam from U mam. It was my Mom’s dream to see me dance,i wanna suprise her by dancing on her birthday…So again thanks for creating such a great website…Keep up the great work

  • 16 Bhavani Mar 23, 2012 at 5:21 am

    can i wear chalanka without chalanka pooja………is it compulsary to do chalanka pooja?

  • 17 RM May 6, 2012 at 4:24 am

    I actually just learned a Pushpanjali to the exactly same song although the nritya is followed by a short abhinaya so the song is a little bit longer than what you had here.

  • 18 Priyankari Jun 22, 2012 at 2:32 am

    nice site

  • 19 preethi Jul 27, 2012 at 8:30 am

    hi mam, you are doing a great job ! I’m speechless

  • 20 surya Aug 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Anjali,

    Can you post any Thillanas?

  • 21 Subhashini K P Sep 4, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Can u please upload some tandavas

  • 22 adriana ananda Oct 6, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Hello,I would like to ask you a question,that dance can begin a performance,mallari or kautukam.Thanks

  • 23 Anjali Oct 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

    @Adrina, Beginning with a Mallari is quite common.

  • 24 Bhavani Oct 24, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I learned Dance nearly 10 Years ago,now iam in Germany
    When thought to Teach my 4 Year old daughter now iam Not so
    Confident in sequence steps and Mudras ,now my Dream came True with u ,Thanks a Lot and hat’s Off to your Great contribution

  • 25 Dr.Lakshmi Apr 1, 2015 at 5:34 am

    very good effort and noble job. keep it up.

  • 26 Bhuvana Apr 22, 2015 at 12:43 am


    It was very useful

  • 27 A. REUBEN Nov 16, 2015 at 12:13 am


  • 28 Amelize Mar 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Please I can’t found this audio. The links doesn’t work anymore! Someone can send me?

  • 29 Anjali Apr 22, 2016 at 8:09 am

    i think those links are not available any more.