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”.

-neelanjana