Monday, March 19, 2012

Enjoy music with Saint Thyagaraja in three easy steps

I enjoyed music with Saint Thyagaraja. You too can.

First step, let us take a drop of nectar from the great Saint:

Nagumomu Ganaleni of Saint Thyagaraja


Nagumomu Ganaleni Naajaali Delisi
Nannu Brova Raa Raadaa Sri Raghuvara! Ni

(O Rama! Supreme among Raghus! Missing your charming smile-lit face I languish here.
Knowing my mental plight, can't you come and protect me?)


Nagaraajadhara! Nidu Parivaarulella
Ogi Bodhana Jesevaaralu Gare Yatulundadura Ni

(O One who holds Govardhana hill! Members of your retinue who have the duty of reminding you of your daily engagements cannot fail in their duty)


Khaga raaju Niyaanativini Vega Chanaledo
Gaganaanikilagu Bahu Durambini Naado
Jagamele Paramaatma! Evarito Moralidudu
Vagajupuga Taalanu Nannelukora Tyagarajanutani

(Does not Garuda execute your commands expeditiously? Could he have excused himself saying that he was far from the earth in Vaikunta, your heavenly abode? Exalted Lord! Ruler of the Universe! Whom else can I appeal to? Please shun disregard. I can't bear it. Take me in your fold)

Second step: Listen (over you tube) the above kriti from various artistes in various styles:

(1) Fusion: Nagumomu by Cheb Mami and Susheela Raman
(2) Rock: Rock to Rags Nagumomu by Naveen
(3) Film music: Nagumomu by Yesudas and Poorna Chandra
(4) Nagumomu by Dr. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna
(5) Nagumomu by M.S. Subbulakshmi and Radha Viswanathan
and then Instrumental
(6) Nagumomu by Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan (Violin)
(7) Nagumomu by Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone)
(8) Nagumomu by S.Shashank (Flute)
(9) Nagumomu by Rajesh Vaidya (Veena)
(10) Nagumomu by Sivarama Kodukala (Keyboard)

Step three: Listen to - again and again - that which suits your taste!

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