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Carnatic Musing 36 – Sankari SaMkuru Chandramukhi – Raga Saveri

Composer Shyama Sastry . There is an excellent treatise on Shyama Sastry by Mr. Sreenivasa Rao in his 11 blogs . Pl visit https://sreenivasaraos.com Audio Link Whenever I talk about Carnatic Music Performance by siblings, the first one that comes to my mind cannot be anyone else except that of the legends DK Pattammal &… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 36 – Sankari SaMkuru Chandramukhi – Raga Saveri

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Carnatic Musing 32 – Vijayadasami – The closing day of Navarathri

Integration of the three Shaktis lead to victory of good over evil Composer Harikeshanallur Muthaiah Bhagawathar- Please refer Please refer https://karnatik.com/co1024.shtml for biography and compositions. Audio Link MLV - https://www.dropbox.com/s/anth9dmg5kjigma/VijayAmbike%20vimalAmbike%20-%20vijayanAgari%20-%20%20%20Mutthayya%20bhAgavathar%20-%20ML%20Vasanthakumari-65D9mSi2THc.mp3?dl=0 Dr Nagavalli Nagaraj - https://www.dropbox.com/s/vcbd6yl36ckrhtr/Dr.Nagavalli%20Nagaraj-Vijayambike-vijayanagari-Muttaiah%20Bhagavatar-2sLWmKXn7vM.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English Oh Victorious mother, divinely pure mother, the goddess worshipped by Brahma and praised by the king of… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 32 – Vijayadasami – The closing day of Navarathri

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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 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 17 – 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 17 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 10 – Gajanana yutam – Raga Vega Vahini (Chakravaham)

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Carnatic Musing 16 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 9 – Siddhi Vinayakam Anisham – Raga Chamaram

Composer - Muthuswamy Dikshitar Audio Link Listen to the Musicians’ Musician DK Jayaraman https://www.dropbox.com/s/9xaax21vbzn94gh/DK%20Jayaraman-Siddhi%20Vinayakam%20Anisham-Shanmukhapriya-Rupakam-%20Dikshitar-dZrUhMBcSMg.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English I will always worship the elephant faced Siddhi Vinayaka who provides whatever we wish for The saints, the demon clans of Yaksha and Kinna worship him. The entire universe knows about Ganapathy. He resides at the centre as… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 16 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 9 – Siddhi Vinayakam Anisham – Raga Chamaram

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Carnatic Musing 15 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 8 – Sri Maha Ganapatiravatu – Gawlai

Composer: Muthuswamy Dikshitar Background The Tamil Classic “Peria Puranam” narrates the incident of Sundaramurti Nayanar immersing 12000 gold coins in the river Manimutharu at a place called Thirumudukundram (near Viruthachalam, Cuddalore) and retrieving gold from the Kamalalaya tank at Tiruvarur and taking the help of this Vinayaka to assess its purity as per the directions… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 15 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 8 – Sri Maha Ganapatiravatu – Gawlai

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Carnatic Musing 7 – Part 2 – Lord Kala Bhairava (Siva) – Swarna Venkatesha Dikshitar Krithi – Raga Kalyani

Audio Link to the song: https://www.dropbox.com/s/k06zy0khtd88nwx/KVN%20-%20Swarna%20Kala%20Bhairavam.mp3?dl=0 Meaning of the Sanskrit Words Pallavi स्वर्णकालभैरवं - Swarnakala Bhairava - वन्दे - salute अहम् - mine सुन्दर - beautiful/handsome Yमुख - face अरविन्दम् - lotus श्रि - majesty/beauty/wealth/auspicious Anupallavi वर्ण - color ज्वाल - flame जटाधरं - ascetic/Siva शुन - dog वाहनं - vehicle क्र्पाकरं - extremely compassionate… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 7 – Part 2 – Lord Kala Bhairava (Siva) – Swarna Venkatesha Dikshitar Krithi – Raga Kalyani