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Sundara Manmatha Koti Prakaasha,Hare Sri Krishna
When i am about to die, the only forms that should appear b4 me should be that of the Lord (Krishna) with the beautiful flute kept on his lips , with the peacock plumes slantingly placed on his head and with the body as blue as bluestone
Swami Desikan in GopAla Vimshathi

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Nannu paalimpa Nadachi Vacchithivo , O Rama:)

Dear Friends,

It is my belief that reading and visualizing the lives of noble souls is one of the easiest ways to remain more sanitized in this materialistic world . By doing so , one can clearly identify what is bliss and what is not. Hence, I have decided to start posting on the lives and the compositions of these mystic poets of the yore.

In this post , let us join Sri Tyagayya as he is about to render one of the very popular and beautiful krithis in the Mohana raga. B4 that some background ..

If one dives deep into the Life and the krithis of the great Saint , composer , musician and the Rama bhaktha , Sri Tyagayya of Tiruvaiyaaru, for sure one will come back to the surface with at least a million pearls. The kind of bonding that he develops only with SitaRama leaves one spell bound.We can only pray SitaRama to give at least a fraction of the bhakthi he had for SitaRama.

Let me come back to the mohana krithi under focus. Before actually going to an interestic anecdote that is attached with this krithi, let me quickly skim over the qualities of Mohana Raga. The name speaks for itself. Technically, Mohanam is a partial derivative of its melakartha(parent) raga , Harikamboji. Being an audava-audava raga( 5 notes in arohanam or ascendency) and 5 notes is avarohanam (or descendancy), it is widely used to depict veera rasa.

I would like to write more about this raga and other popular compositions , but I would opt to refrain from digressing.

Tyagayya is waiting for someone..

It is said that Tyagayya was waiting for the arrival of his prime and favorite disciple, Walajapet Venkatarama Bhagawathar on the eve of his daughters marriage. As the auspicious time was approaching and there were no signs of his comming , he became restless. But not long time after that he would see a realistic portrait of Sita rama as venkatarama approached him. Tyagayya became so ecstatic seeing his disciple and the life - like portrait of Sita rama , he burst forth with the krithi "Nannu paalimpa Nadachi vachithivo " (Did you walk all the way just to care for me ?)

Tyagayyas rendezvous with SitaRama and party:)

Here is the krithis' lyrics


nanu pAlimpa naDaci vaccitivO nA prANanAtha


vanaja nayana mOmunu jUcuTa jIvanamani nenaru nA manasu marmamu telisi


surapati nIla maNinibha tanuvutO nuramuna mutyapu sarula cayamutO
karamuna shara kOdaNDa kAntitO dharani tanayatO tyAgarAjArcita


Pallavi :Did you come all the way on foot to just to care for me , Oh Lord of my life!

Anupallavi:Knowing the secret of my love ladden heart - that I live just to see your face

O lotus eyed beloved,

Did you come all the way on foot to just to care for me , Oh Lord of my life!

Charnam: The veera rasa can be felt here

With your body shining like a saphire,With rows of strung pearls on your chest

With that lustrous bow and arrow in your hand (Kothanda Rama)

With Earths' daughter Sita besides you

Did you come all the way on foot to just to care for me , Oh Lord of my life!

Tyagayya , if he had craved so bad for something in his life , it would for the darshan of SitaRama.. He has echoed in many of his krithis for his longings to get a darshan of the SitaRama. How ecstatic he would have been when he saw his most favorite discliple walking with a beautiful portrait of his Ishtadeivam? He has outpoured his joy in the song for people like us to understand the joy that results in just casting ones eyes on the Kothanda Rama and Sita devi.



Comments on "Nannu paalimpa Nadachi Vacchithivo , O Rama:)"


Blogger TJ said ... (3:34 AM) : 

Thayagayya's bakthi is of superlative.

The painting is good. But i remember to have seen it in some other context where, thyagayya invites SriRama. But when Rama arrives, Thyagayya doesnot see him but his wife has a great darshan.


Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said ... (11:05 AM) : 

Thayagaraja's bakthi is beyond any description. The numerous compositions on Sri Rama makes me wonder and stand in veneration and awe sometimes. Do u know this song "Rama kodhanda Rama, Rama kalyana Rama, Rama saaketa Rama, Rama Pattabi Rama..." Its one of the songs I like very much.


Blogger krishna said ... (3:58 PM) : 

@ swamy ..

never heard of that account..:(..may be u can give me a pointer or 2..:)

@ srinivasan

yeah.. not everyone can understand and revere the great bard..even his brother wasnt able to appreciate it..only ppl that don't consider accumulating money as their goal , would be able to appreciate the Bhakthi in the music...Am sure that u are definitely one of those kinds..:)

"rama kodhanda rama "..bhairavi krithi??

else adiyen ariyen..:( that case ,I would be glad if u can share an e-version of the krithi:)


Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said ... (8:49 PM) : 

I am not sister used to sing. I'll ask her and tell u.


Blogger krishna said ... (11:16 PM) : 


Thanks ..would be more than glad if u can get that info for me:)


Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said ... (2:57 PM) : 

My friend Sriram often sings "Panturikolu rama.." - is the St Thyagaraja?

Krishna - how do we love GOD as we love our mothers? Forcing love is not love..Is there any natural way to love GOD?

do put up a post on this if possible..


Blogger krishna said ... (10:55 PM) : 

yeah..bantu reethi kolu is a beautiful song in hamsanaadam by Sri Tyagayya

Regarding ur question ,i have already posted a blog:)


Blogger Carnatakam said ... (11:31 PM) : 

Nice blog, Krish!
I think Kasthuri is referring to the kriti "Nannu vidachi.." in Reetigowlai, in which comes all the names of Rama.


Blogger krishna said ... (7:34 PM) : 


Thanks and welcome here

havent heard that song b4:(

but for sure reethigowlai is a very soothing raga..cheraravade mira comes to my mind ..

do u have any recording of the krithi "nannu vidachi"?

btw, am not able to connect to ur the blog still hosted?


Blogger Carnatakam said ... (5:01 AM) : 

Hi Krish,

No haven't started blogging yet... wanted to start something on carnatic-music;hopefully soon :)
Am very much interested in carnatic music-especially finding out ragas,etc.Have u learnt it?

Pl. do a search in musicindiaonline "nannu vidachi"...u'll find quite a few renderings of it.Sorry,am not able to find the link to pass on here...


Blogger krishna said ... (1:41 PM) : 


thnks 4 da info..

Please do start writing up on carnatic music and naama sankeethanam..That would be awesome..

actually , i learnt a bit of violin ..and a very lil bit of vocal from my mom..:)


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