Purandara Dasa wrote a pada saying “vAsudEvana nAmAvaLiya klptiyanu”. In that composition, he says he has chanted Vasudeva’s name in several ways- in suLadis, padas and other composition which came to a grand total of 479000 compositions. But this is a different kind of Vasudeva Smarana🙂 altogether.

May 28th is Mysore Vasudevacharya’s birthday (May 28th, 1865 AD- May 21, 1961 AD). Vasudevacharya is one of the most important composers from Karnataka. If I remember correctly, the first kriti I learnt formally was praNamAmyaham Sri gourI sutam of Mysore Vasudevacharya.

Vasudevacharya

picture courtesy: http://www.vikramsampath.com

You can listen to last Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Jayachamarajendra Odeyaru – Speaking about Vasudevacharya during the centenary celebration of the composer:

JCRW speaks about Vasudevacharya

On this day, I thought of listing, and giving links for some of my favourite renditions of compositions of Sri Vasudevacharya. Thanks to Sangeethapriya for all the links!

1. dEvAdidEva SrivAsudEva – sunAdavinOdini – Sung by Dr M Balamuralikrishna

2. brochevarevarurArevarurA – khamAch – Dr Emani Shankara Shastry

3. SrI chAmumdESwari pAlayamAm – bilahari – M S Subbalakshmi

4. rA rA rAjIvalOchana – mOhana – Dr N Ramani

5. ninnE nammitinayya -simhendramadhyama – Sri K V Narayanaswamy

Happy listening. And, if you know Kannada, you might like to read this article on my kannaDa blog too.

-neelanjana