Well, as you may imagine, I'm passionate about this cause - about bringing the root, the very soul, to the new generation by means that will kindle their interest... in my searching around I came accross this book:http://www.enidhi.net/2008/09/carnatic-music-guide-ragachintamani.html?widgetType=BlogArchive&widgetId=BlogArchive1&action=toggle&dir=close&toggle=YEARLY-1199125800000&toggleopen=MONTHLY-1222799400000
Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music.
Listing around 1800 film songs and their respective ragas with a full explanation of each raga. Not sure how well it deals with very contemporary music, but will find out. Yes, I understand that contemporary music has become difficult to discern... but there are still gems within it... and the thing about hidden gems is, they are worth the search.
The very interesting thing here is that the author of this book shares my view that it actually becomes easier and far more familiar to recognise ragas by intimately understanding their film/song counterpart....
"If people can recognize the raga of a cine song, they can also appreciate the classical music in the same raga. If they are able to listen to 10 cine songs in Kalyani, they can easily identify many classifical songs that are set in Kalyani..."
From personal experience, I actually agree with this, and definetely believe that such a method may work for the modern generation.
The Isai Payanam show is brilliant, also, thank you again for pointing me in that direction.
An example of a few very contemporary songs that continue to blow my mind are:
"Malare Mounama" from film Karna. MD: Vidyasagar. Raga: Darbari Kanada.
"Minsara Poove" from film Padayappa. MD: A.R.Rahman. Raga: Vasantha.
"Konja Naal" from film Aasai. MD: Deva. Raga: Anandha Bhairavi.
"Yedho Ninaikiraen" from film Thailanagaram. MD: D.Immam. Raga: Kalyana Vasantham.