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Navarathri – Day 4 – Composition on Goddess Varalakshmi – Carnatic Musing 20

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 Navarathri – Day 4 – Composition on Goddess Varalakshmi – Carnatic Musing 20

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Navarathri- Day 3 – Composition on Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari (Carnatic Musing 19)

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 Navarathri- Day 3 – Composition on Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari (Carnatic Musing 19)

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Navarathri- Day 2 – Composition on Goddess Visalakshi (Carnatic Musing 18)

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 Navarathri- Day 2 – Composition on Goddess Visalakshi (Carnatic Musing 18)

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Navarathri – Day 1 – Composition on Goddess Raja Rajeshwari (Carnatic Musing 17)

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 Navarathri – Day 1 – Composition on Goddess Raja Rajeshwari (Carnatic Musing 17)

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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 28 – 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 28 – Tyagarajam Bhajarae – Raga Yadukula Kaambhoji

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Carnatic Musing 16 – 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 16 – Composition on Lord Subramanya – Nattakurinji Ragam

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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 Visarjan – Ganesh Chathurthi Special – Conclusion

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Carnatic Musing 15 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 11 – Gana Nayakam – Raga Rudra Priya

Composer: Muthuswamy Dikshitar Audio Link Listen to the ever green voice of MLV https://www.dropbox.com/s/xghrmu0g87bm046/Gananayakam%20Bhajeham%20%20-MLV-%20rudrapriyA-Bmzyc34zpQ4.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verses पल्लवि गण नायकं भजेऽहं भजे कमलेश नुतं काम रिपु सुतम् अनुपल्लवि अणिमादि सिद्धि दायकं सु-मुखम् चरणम् वाणी रमणानन्दं वरदं वदने द्विरदं वर बाल गुरु गुहम् English Transliteration pallavi gaNa nAyakaM bhajE(a)haM bhajE kamalESa nutaM kAma ripu sutam anupallavi aNimAdi… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 15 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 11 – Gana Nayakam – Raga Rudra Priya

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Carnatic Musing 14 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 10 – Gajanana yutam – Raga Vega Vahini (Chakravaham)

Composer - Muthuswamy Dikshitar Audio Link Listen to Trichur Brothers https://www.dropbox.com/s/c7x06mtiyqn3fqp/Gajananayutham-Trichur%20Bros%20-K5b8zb3BdgA.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verses पल्लवि गजानन युतं गणेश्वरं भजामि सततं सुरेश्वरम् समष्टि चरणम् अजेन्द्र पूजित विघ्नेश्वरं गणादि सन्नुत पद पद्म करं (मध्यम काल साहित्यम्) कुञ्जर भञ्जन चतुर-तर करं गुरु गुहाग्रजं प्रणवाकारम् English Transliteration pallavi gajAnana yutaM gaNESvaraM bhajAmi satataM surESvaram samashTi caraNam ajEndra pUjita vighnESvaraM gaNAdi… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 14 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 10 – Gajanana yutam – Raga Vega Vahini (Chakravaham)