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Today is the first day of Vasanta – the spring season. Although spring can’t arrive in an instant, for the calendar, we need to have an official start of spring, and that is the Vernal equinox. From today, the days get longer everyday, till the summer solstice. In India, spring is associated with koels singing in mango trees, and the smell of jasmine flowers.
In California, there is no dearth of flowers during spring!
Unfortunately, there aren’t that many singing birds. But to make up for that deficiency, I’m posting here a recording – of my composition, sung beautifully by “Arvind”.
Arvind, is known as IndianMusicFan on Twitter world, and his website is http://www.aboutindianmusic.com/
Click on the play button to listen to the composition.
The composition is in rAga kAmavardhini, that is also known by other names as Kashi Ramakriya & Pantuvarali. You can read why this rAga has so many names, in this old post here.
Your feedback & comments on the composition are welcome!
Since the music season is upon us, here is old one: a list of tweets I’ve been posted on Twitter earlier.
A few of them may be lame, some of them repeats but hopefully good for a read!
I should acknowledge some of these are from my ideas of my friends too.
Some knowledge of Samskrta and/or Kannada might help.
Q: Name a raga that is liked by male snakes
A: PunnaagavarALi ’ಪು’ನ್ನಾಗವರಾಳಿ
Q: Name a raga that is sung by snakes
Q: Name one raga that can be played even in a ‘broken’ instrument?
A: ‘bhinna’ shaDja
Q: Which raga is the favorite for hypnotists?
Q: Which is a raga that might be liked by a street seller?
A: ‘mAruva’ dhanyAsi ’cause it has the word ‘sell’ in it :
Q: Which is the best raga to sing on November 1st?
Q: Which raga is best to sing in a Court?
Q: Which raga is very aptly sung during the Fall season?
Q: Which raga is apt to sing in the spring season ?
Q:Which is the best raga to sing on a road?
A: bahu’dAri’ ಬಹು’ದಾರಿ’
Q: What is a really funny tALa?
A:Mathya tALa, Because it goes like: LOL. One laghu (l),one drta(o), followed by laghu(l) (Courtesy @p6)
Q: Which raga most film makers can’t do without?
Q: Which is the raga bore well diggers sing?
Q: Which raga do folks from Norway, Sweden or Iceland wish for during their long winter days?
Q:Which is the favorite raga for KPC (Karnataka Power Corportation) employees?
Q: Which is the raga liked by those working in armed forces?
A: Senagrani, a.k.a. Senapati/Senavati
Q: Which raga do theater artists like best ?
A: Nataka Priya
Q: Which raaga do school teachers hate most?
Q: ಚಿಕ್ಕಮಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಕೇಳಿಬರೋ ರಾಗ ಯಾವುದು? Which is the raga often heard in Chikkamagalooru town?
A: ಕಾಪಿ Kaapi
(Chikkamagalooru is a big producer of Coffee in India)
Q: Which is the favorite raga of thieves?
Q: Name two ragas observational astronomers dislike most?
A: Suryakanta, Purnachandrika
Q: Which raga amateur astronomers hate most?
Q: Which raga does a high school physics teacher like most?
(Andolika = pendulum)
Q: Which raga do they sing at an Ayyangar Bakery?
Q: Name 3 of the most favorite ragas for astronomers?
A: mangaLakaishiki, budhamanohari, gurupriya
Q: Which raga did P T Usha listen to before her athletic events?
Q: Why was the musician’s wife angry?
Q:Because he sang “ni mama dapa, ni mapa dapa, nee dapa’
( for non-kannadigas – this means “your mom is obese, your dad is obese, you’re obese)
Q: Which is the favourite raga of ENT specialists ?
A: There are two : Karnaranjani and Nasikabhooshani
Q: Which raaga did Gouthama Buddhya sing in Bodh Gaya under the pipal tree?
A: “Calm” Bodhi
Q: Which ragas does Abhinav Bhindra listen to before his gold medal?
A: Mararanjani, Charukeshi, Sarasangi, Harikambhoji, Shankarabharana & Naganandini ( May be a bit technical)
Q: Which is the best raga to sing on a solar eclipse day?
Q: Name the most favored raga at Procter and Gamble?
Q: Which ragas should not be sung by people suffering from allergies, asthma etc?
A: Vasantha, hindolavasanta, vasantabhairavi etc
Q: Which are Shiva’s favorite ragas?
A: Gouri and Gangatarangini
If you haven’t read earlier, here is an old post of mine, with my memories of a music season I attended.
Lot of water has flown through Kaveri, but I am glad some things have not changed!
Enjoy the music season.
Rajyotsava. Novermber 1st. A day no Kannadiga would forget. Last year, on Rajyotsava, I posted this video of Vidwan Ragavan Manian singing a varna in Kannada language that I composed. That varna had the sAhitya taken from a well known vacana of Basavanna – ನಾದಪ್ರಿಯ ಶಿವನೆಂಬರು. You can click here for the notation of that varNa in rAga nAgaswarAvaLi.
This year too, I am posting another composition of mine which I did a while ago, since it has gone through some “quality testing”! This too is a varna with lyrics in Kannada. No audio or video this time, because I don’t have one worthy of posting :-).
This varNa in rAga Madhuvanti, and set to Adi tALa. And, this time, the sAhitya lines are mine, although indirectly, they are inspired by a shloka of Bilvamangala in his classic Krishna Karnamrta.
Varnas generally have very limited sAhitya, and often have romantic themes. This one is also not an exception, and you could think the lines as being said by one gopika girl of Gokula to another.
ಗೋಕುಲವೆಲ್ಲಾ ಕೊಳಲಿನ ಇನಿದನಿಯಲಿ ತುಂಬಿದನೇ ||
gOkulavellA koLalina inidaniyali tumbidanE
(Translation: He filled Gokula with the melodies his flute)
ಅನುಪಲ್ಲವಿ: ಆಕಳ ಮಂದೆಯ ಕಾಯುತ ಗೋಪಿಯರ ತಾನು ಗೆಲಿದನೇ || ಗೋಕುಲವೆಲ್ಲಾ||
AkaLa mandeya kAyuta gOpiyarellare gelidanE
(Translation: The cowherd, won over the hearts of all gopis)
ಚರಣ: ಮಾತೇ ಮಧುವಂತಿದೆ! ಸಖೀ, ಇವನ || ಮಾತೇ||
mAtE madhuvantide! sakhi ! ivana || mAte||
(Translation: His speech is like honey! Oh my dear!)
The charaNa line was totally my imagination, to include rAga name “madhuvanti”
Here is the notation of the Varna for those interested:
A-Varna-in-Madhuvanti (Kannada version)
A-Varna-in-Madhuvanti (Notation in English)
In 2009, I posted a swarajati that I had composed during Navaratri. Last year too, I posted another swarajati, in ranjani raaga, during Navaratri. Now to continue the tradition, I am posting another swarajati that I composed sometime back – This is in raaga BindumAlini.
You can download a PDF file, by clicking here: bindumaalini
An audio track is available here – played on the flute, by @IndianMusicFan. Click on the play button to listen to the composition.
Your comments and feedback welcome.
Today is Ganesha Chaturthi. On this occasion, I am posting links to some of the less-heard compositions Muttuswamy Dikshita on Ganesha.
First one is “Sri Ganeshaatparam” in raga Ardra dEshi, sung by G Ravikiran -A composition of Muttuswamy Deekshita. There is a soochita ragamudre in the charaNa, in the line “umA rudra darshita”
Next one is “Hasti Vadanaaya Namastubhyam” in rAga navarOj, played on the Veena by Kalpakam Swaminathan. The rAga mudre occurs in charaNa – “guruguha samAnavarOjasE mahasE”
The third composition is “Mahaganapate Palayaashumam” in Nata Narayani. The ragamudre occurs in the anupallavi line – mahA naTanArAyanI nandana pAlita dEva dEVakI nandana. The artist is Aravind Bhargav.
Now listen to “Gananaayakam Bhaje”, played on the mandolin by U Srinivas.. Although it was composed in the rAga Rudrapriya, it has morphed into another raga Poornashadja by some musical lineages.
The last composition is the magnificent “Panchamaatanga mukha ganapatinA” played on the Veena by R K Suryanarayana. This composition also has the raga indicated in the last line as “kali malaharNa kaENa”.