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Carnatic Musing 28 – Navarathri- Day 6 – Composition on Mahalakshmi

Goddess Mahalakshmi Composer Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Pl refer http://musicinfoguide.blogspot.com/2007/08/muthuswami-dikshitar-1775-1835.html for biography and http://guru-guha.blogspot.com for his compositions Audio Link MS Subbulakshmi - https://www.dropbox.com/s/qnb1vnqng6pr4of/M%20S%20Subbulakshmi%20-%20Mahalakshmi%20-%20Madhava%20Manohari%20-%20Muttuswami%20Dikshitar-o2va-uQu4JI.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English O Mahalakshmi, flood of compassion! Protect me, O one who captivates the heart of Vishnu(Madhava), O dweller in the chest of Mahavishnu, trusted by Shiva and Guruguha, extinguisher of evengreat sins!… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 28 – Navarathri- Day 6 – Composition on Mahalakshmi

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Carnatic Musing 27 – Navarathri – Day 5 – Composition on Mahalakshmi

Goddess Mahalakshmi Composer Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Pl refer http://musicinfoguide.blogspot.com/2007/08/muthuswami-dikshitar-1775-1835.html for biography and http://guru-guha.blogspot.com for his compositions Audio Link Nithyashree Mahadevan - https://www.dropbox.com/s/fpw7p3kxgr37zdm/Hiranmayeem%20Lakshmim-%20Nithyasree%20Mahadevan-OnzqdRJm6iU.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English I worship the golden colored Lakshmi and I give up depending on inferior mortals. The one who provides long term prosperity, the daughter of milky ocean, who has her dwelling place… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 27 – Navarathri – Day 5 – Composition on Mahalakshmi

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Carnatic Musing 26 – Navarathri – Day 4 – Composition on Goddess Varalakshmi

Goddess Varalakshmi Composer Mysore Vasudevachar - Please refer https://karnatik.com/co1032.shtml for biography and list of compositions Audio Link ML Vasanthakumari - Please refer https://www.dropbox.com/s/eyb6im4jgl5edya/Varalakshmi%20Namosthuthe%20-%20MLV%20dvw83ghYz1M.mp3?dl=0. Kindly note that there is a sloka on Lakshmi preceding the audio. Meaning in English Sri Varalakshmi, my prayers to you, oh granter of boons, the better half of Narahari (Vishnu). You… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 26 – Navarathri – Day 4 – Composition on Goddess Varalakshmi

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Carnatic Musing 25 – Navarathri- Day 3 – Composition on Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari

Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari Composer Harikesha Nallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar (1877-1945). Please refer https://karnatik.com/co1024.shtml for biography and compositions. Audio Link GNB - https://www.dropbox.com/s/0mhqwllrsmgy95a/Shri%20G%20N%20Balasubramaniam%2C%20Himagiri%20Thanaye%20Sudhha%20Dhanyasi-A9s3UtBLs_k.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English Protect me Oh the daughter of the Himalayas, the golden hued lady, mother Ishwari. You are respected by Lakshmi & Saraswathi. You are omnipresent and sister of Rama (Vishnu). You hold… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 25 – Navarathri- Day 3 – Composition on Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari

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Carnatic Musing 24 – Navarathri- Day 2 – Composition on Goddess Visalakshi

Goddess Visalakshi Composer Muthuswamy Dikshitar. Pl refer http://musicinfoguide.blogspot.com/2007/08/muthuswami-dikshitar-1775-1835.html for biography and http://guru-guha.blogspot.com for his compositions Audio Link MLV - https://www.dropbox.com/s/d9dwfhrdzt7s33y/Annapoorne%20Visaalaakshi%20%20%20-%20M.L%20Vasantha%20Kumari-amzIKIX50Ak.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English O Goddess Annapurna!, the one with wide (large) eyes, Protect (me)! one whose glances are witness to the entire universe! O one residing in the excellent (place called) Kuzhikkarai!, embodiment of the… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 24 – Navarathri- Day 2 – Composition on Goddess Visalakshi

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Carnatic Musing 23 – Navarathri – Day 1 – Composition on Goddess Raja Rajeshwari

Goddess Raja Rajeshwari Composer Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer (1844-1893). Pl refer to https://sriramv.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/maha-vaidyanatha-sivan-a-life/ for the life history. Audio Link Bombay Jayshree and KJ Yesudas - https://www.dropbox.com/s/t0d1a4a7kv0r52a/Pahimam..Sri..Raja..Rajeswari…%28%20Yesudas.Bombay%20Jayashree%29-cT48qGK0ctk.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English Goddess Raja Rajeshwari, please protect me; oh compassionate one and wife of Sankara. You are the one who provides ultimate happiness. You ride on a lion. You… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 23 – Navarathri – Day 1 – Composition on Goddess Raja Rajeshwari

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Navarathri – A nine night integration process

Navarathri Nostalgia Typical Agraharam Six decades ago, living in a rural area in a village agrahaaram (like the one shown above), as school going kids, we used to wait eagerly for the evenings in the month of October (Tamil month of “Purattaasi” புரட்டாசி) with a glee in our eyes, fun in the mind and hunger… Continue reading Navarathri – A nine night integration process

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Carnatic Musing 22 – Tyagarajam Bhajarae – Raga Yadukula Kaambhoji

Sri Tyagaraja - Thiruvarur Background information For a complete appreciation of this composition I would strongly recommend the following link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5txCe_CviLU&feature=youtu.be Sanskrit Verses पल्लवि त्यागराजं भजरे रे चित्त ताप-त्रयं त्यजरे अनुपल्लवि योगि राज हृदयाब्ज निलयं भोगि राज नुत चरण किसलयं (मध्यम काल साहित्यम्) नाग राज मणि वलयं रजताग राजं मुख कुवलयम् चरणम् पौलोमीशादि दिक्पाल… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 22 – Tyagarajam Bhajarae – Raga Yadukula Kaambhoji

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Carnatic Musing 21 – Composition on Lord Subramanya – Nattakurinji Ragam

Lord Subramanya- Om Sa Ra Va Na Bha Va Margabandeeshwara Temple, Virinchipuram, Tamil Nadu Composer - Sri Muthuswamy Dikshithar- Refer https://karnatik.com/co1002.shtml and http://guru-guha.blogspot.com Background Information on the Raga - Please refer https://sujamusic.wordpress.com/nattakurinji/ Audio Link: Maharajapuram Santhanam - https://www.dropbox.com/s/mckh0npsdrv92c2/Maharajapuram%20Santhanam-Parvathi-kumaram-Natakurunji-Rupakam-Dikshitar-h8uwI-iyBTE.mp3?dl=0 Jayamangala Krishnamani - https://www.dropbox.com/s/twx17y8fxw6hp31/Jayamangala%20Krishnamani%2001%20pArvati%20kumAram%20bhAvayE-GaoWErPl4bo.mp3?dl=0 Background Information on the temple : In English - https://drlsravi.blogspot.com/2014/07/sri-margabandheeshwarar-temple-at.html In Tamil -… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 21 – Composition on Lord Subramanya – Nattakurinji Ragam

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Carnatic Musing 19 – Visarjan – Ganesh Chathurthi Special – Conclusion

Lord Ganapathy In this pandemic year 2020, I was fortunate to participate in the Ganesh Chathurthi Festival throughout the 11 days of celebrations through my daily blogs. I feel blessed that Lord Vinayaka provided me an opportunity to focus and improve my learning. Here is a composition by Oothukaadu Venkata Kavi as I bid adieu… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 19 – Visarjan – Ganesh Chathurthi Special – Conclusion