Its ārohaṇa-avarohaṇa structure (ascending and descending scale) is as follows
- ārohaṇa: S R G M P D N S
- avarohaa: S N D P M G R S
It is a sampoorna rāga - a rāgam that has all seven swaras.
Charukesi is also popular in Hindustani music.
Popular compositionsAdamodi Galade by Thyagaraja and Kripaya pālaya sowrae by Swati Tirunal are popular compositions set in Charukesi. Lalgudi Jayaraman, the acclaimed violinist and composer, has composed a very popoular varnam in Charukesi called Innum En Manam. This varnam was a favorite of Maharajapuram Santhanam, who began a large chunk of his concerts with this song.
HIMALAYA KI GOD MEIN (1965), Lata Mangeshkar: ek tu jo milA -
Mukesh and Lata in MERE HUMSAFAR (1970): kisi rAha meiN -
Charukeshi-like elements are also found in the ethnic music of Western Europe, as witness this ditty by Shri Franz Schubert from his Impromptu (First piece "Allegro Molto Moderato" from his Op 90) -
Final confirmation that the West owes its musical ideas to India comes from the Russian Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov: "Procession of the Sardaar," from his "Caucasian Sketches for Orchestra." This is an NPR recording from Dec 1966, by the Philadelphia Symphony, Eugene Ormandy conducting -