Melharmony is not merely a new age musical experiment; it is an aesthetic experience that has delighted thousands across the world. One of the main reasons for this is that melharmony endeavours to create a middle ground between the horizontal melodic approach and the vertical harmonic approach. The melharmonic approach can extend the horizons of composers of classical as well as popular and film cultures. The distinctive melharmonic approach takes into consideration many vital melodic factors that are often overlooked in most raga-based fusion compositions of classical as well as popular and film composers.
Ravikiran pioneered original compositions as well as melharmonic arrangements based on works of master Indian classical composers such as Tyagaraja (1767-1847), Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi (1700-65) and Muttuswami Dikshitar (1775-1835) for various types of performances including:
- Western Classical symphonies, chamber orchestras, Quintets/Quartets.
- Jazz/world ensembles (Video).
- Caprices for soloists.
- Youth Symphonies, School Orchestras and pieces for solo/duo/trio etc. (Video)
Many of these pieces are flavoured with exciting rhythmic patterns often in attractive modes/scales novel in the West but based on Indian ragas like Hamsadhwani, Nattai, Dhavalambari and Janaranjani.
Other composers who have composed melharmonic works include Robert Morris and Polivios. (See Video)