Thursday, 23 June 2016

Rhythm of the ring

Our article in The Hindu on the role of Bells in World music traditions.

Rhythm of the ring: In India, no temple can do without bells. Its sound is linked with auspicious moments. Called ‘ghanta’ in Sanskrit or ‘mani’ in Tamil, it comes in varied sizes and are known as kothu mani, kovil mani,

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Ananthakodi Namaskarams to Mahaperiyava on his Birthday

Ananthakodi Namaskarams to Mahaperiyava on his Birthday
Om Kanchi Vaasaya Vidmahe
Shantha Roopaya Dheemahi
Thanno Chandrasekarendra Prachothayath

Kriti : Enna Perum Thavam (Composition dedicated to Kanchi Mahaperiyava, Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathy Swamigal)
Ragam : Sahana
Talam : Adi
Vageyyakkara : Sri Periasami Thooran

(The above video is a recording sung by the inimitable MS Amma)


Enna Perum Thavam Yaam SeidhathariyeneEnnayum Kanchi Muni Aatkonda thensolven (Enna)

(I cannot express and dont know what great penance I did, for Kanchi Acharya to accept me)

Anu Pallavi:

Munnam oraalin keezh monamai kaii kaattee Sonnadhai vaai malarnthey, solli arul seyya (Enna)

(In those days, he used to sit underneath a banyan tree, without speaking but blessing with his hands and he spoke those blessings through words and what big penance did I do to hear those words)


Nadamaadum deivamai naam potra vandhavarNanilathor uyya thava yogam kondavarVidayerum punniyar vadivam bhagawath padarMeendum vandhaar avar men malar thaaL potra (Enna)

(He is a God who walks with us, who was given to us to appreciate; He became a sage to protect us; The noble Bhagawath Padar (Govindha Bhagawath Pada), has arrived again and lets bow at his soft flower like feet)

Sunday, 17 May 2015