Divine Music 4 Mundane Love : How Pathetic?
After a pretty long respite , it feels good to be blogging back again..Hope and wish u guys feel similarly..:)
I have been thinking lately about the usage of Carnatic Music on movies (Tamil)..B4 me spewing out my thots, please do give a thot or two
Ok, Let me try and voice out my thougts with an example from the movie "Anniyan" ..The song "Aiyangaaru Veetu Azhage" will be the song under focus.. The song is very classical in nature , starting with a few lines from one of the beautiful Pancharatna Krithis..Here is a rough translation of the first few lines
The creator of happiness throughout the world ! The beloved of Sita ! Victory be yours !
anupallavi : The inheritor of Suryavamsa ! King of Kings ! You are worshipped by the Devas ! You bestow good things !
Now, the krithi was composed in the auspicious Naata Raga by Sri Tyagaraja to praise Lord Rama, the posseser of all the noble qualities. The Raga Lakshana was effectively used by Sri Tyagarjha . Now, does it really makes much of a sense to use such an auspicious raga to praise the mundane earthly love that happens between a man and a woman , that too with lyrics like
"vaan mazhayil nanainthal payirgal uruvaagum
aan mazhayil nanainthal uyirgal uruvaagum"
By the way, "jagadhanandha karaka" is way too far beautiful when compared to this song.
Anyways, Is the usage of the divinely ragas in films for such purposes justifiable?
The saptha swaras are said to be of divine origin and Carnatic music is best used for the same purpose.I also am saddened by the increasing no of artists (don't want to mention their names as if no one knows:) that have great voices using their skills in the film industry just for the sake of money and for establishing names. Is this what the great singers and composers of the elder days did?? In fact, one of the Trimurthys' of Carnatic Music, Shri Muthuswami Dikshithar , never wanted to sing in praise of the kings. The same is the case with Shri Tyagarajha. I feel that when one has the saptha swaras dancing in his/her tongue (thru saraswathi Kataaksham) , he has got one of the greatest gifts in this kali yuga to reach the abode of god. Let him sing in praise of the infinitely noble qualities of the lord with devotion and refrain to make use of that talent for other purposes that are merely likened by the listener as pleasure simulators. Let it simulate Bhakthi both in the singer and the listener..If a young child gets to hear a Purandaradasa Krithi or a Tyagaraja krithi, would he/she ever like other forms of music??? I doubt.
Also , when the singer attempts to sing the song , he gets to know its meaning and it will definitely leave a negative impression in his/ her mind adding more to the effects caused by maaya. This will definitely have at least a slightest bit of impact on the singer when he actually renders a carnatic krithi and that's exaclty why I find most of the young carnatic musicians lacking the Shradha and the Bhaava that is required barrring a very few.
Thats' the enchilada.. Hoping 2 get at least a few opposing comments..:)
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