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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

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Carnatic Musing 18 – 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 18 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 11 – Gana Nayakam – Raga Rudra Priya

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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 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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Ganesh Chathurthi Special 5 – Gajaananam Bootha

Audio Link https://www.dropbox.com/s/j5l5xpl4kxx949s/gajananam%20bhootha.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verse गजाननं भूतगणादि सेवितं कपित्थजम्बूफलसार भक्षितम् । उमासुतं शोकविनाशकारणं (कारकं) नमामि विघ्नेश्वर पादपङ्कजम् ॥ English Transliteration Gaja-[A]ananam Bhuuta-Ganna-[A]adi Sevitam Kapittha-Jambuu-Phala-Saara Bhakssitam | Umaa-Sutam Shoka Vinaasha-Kaarannam (kaarakam) Namaami Vighne[a-I]shvara Paada-Pangkajam || Meaning of the Sanskrit Words गजाननं (Gaja-Aananam): Who has the Face of an Elephant गज (Gaja) = Elephant आनन (Aanana) =… Continue reading Ganesh Chathurthi Special 5 – Gajaananam Bootha

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Carnatic Musing 13 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 2 – Pranamamyaham Shri Gauri Sutam.

Composer: Mysore Vasudevachar Link to the audio - GN Balasubramanyam (GNB) https://www.dropbox.com/s/nroij939igj5ikf/Maha%20Vidwan%20Shri%20G%20N%20Balasubramaniam%20-%20Pranamamyaham%20Shri%20Gauri%20Sutam-Gowla-Mysore%20Vasudevachayari-XGIuCpo_vSI.mp3?dl=0 Meaning in English I constantly salute the son of Gauri, the devotee of Vaasudeva who uses a snake as a couch. He is the Lord of the group of attendants of Shiva . Lord Indra and the Devas serve him. He wears a… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 13 – Ganesh Chathurthi Special 2 – Pranamamyaham Shri Gauri Sutam.

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Ganesh Chathurthi Special 1 – Shuklam Bharatharam

Lalbaug Raja Ganesh Audio Link https://www.dropbox.com/s/caspqlxtwyxzqvr/shuklam%20bharatharam.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verse शुक्लाम्बरधरं विष्णुं शशिवर्णं चतुर्भुजम् । प्रसन्नवदनं ध्यायेत् सर्वविघ्नोपशान्तये ॥ English Transliteration Shukla-Ambara-Dharam Vissnnum Shashi-Varnnam Catur-Bhujam | Prasanna-Vadanam Dhyaayet Sarva-Vighno[a-U]pashaantaye || Meaning of the Sanskrit Words शुक्लाम्बरधरं (Shukla-Ambara-Dharam): Who is wearing White Clothes शुक्ल (Shukla) = White अम्बर (Ambara) = Clothes, Garments धर (Dhara) = Wearing विष्णुं (Vissnnum):… Continue reading Ganesh Chathurthi Special 1 – Shuklam Bharatharam

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Carnatic Musing 1 – Lord Ganapathy – Muthuswamy Dikshitar Krithi – Raga Nattai

I begin the blog series with a prayer to Lord Ganesh by Sri. Muthuswamy Dīkshitar (with a pen name Guruguha), one of the Trinity of Carnatic Music. This composition in Raga Nattai in the 17th Century, is still one of the most sought after one by musicians across the world. The undercurrent of Nattai raga… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 1 – Lord Ganapathy – Muthuswamy Dikshitar Krithi – Raga Nattai