Lavangi (scale)

Lavangi is a rāgam (musical scale) of Carnatic music (South Indian classical music).

ArohanamS R₁ M₁ D₁ 
Avarohanam D₁ M₁ R₁ S

It is a janya rāgam (derived scale) of the 8th Melakarta rāgam Hanumatodi.[1][2] M. Balamuralikrishna is credited with introducing it into Carnatic music and using this scale first for compositions. His most popular kriti in this ragam is 'Omkaaraakarini'.


The Lavangi scale contains five swarams:


The ragam Lavangi is derived from the Sanskrit word 'Lavang' meaning clove. Through the notion of a clove having four sectors, M. Balamuralikrishna built the raga to have 4 swaras, excluding the low sadharna as it is generic.


  1. ^ Alternate notations:
    • Hindustani: S  M  
    • Western: C D F A C
  2. ^ Alternate notations:
    • Hindustani:   M  S
    • Western: C A F D C


  1. ^ Ragas in Carnatic music by Dr. S. Bhagyalekshmy, Pub. 1990, CBH Publications
  2. ^ Raganidhi by P. Subba Rao, Pub. 1964, The Music Academy of Madras