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Fwd: Re: Uthsava SampradhAya krithis of Saint ThyagarAja : Part I

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Mon Feb 10 2003 - 07:47:13 PST

 SrI:
 
 SrI Jaanaki SamEtha Ramachandra ParabrahmaNE nama:
 
 Dear Raama BhakthAs :
 
 Twelve days ago , adiyEn started a new e-list  entitled 
 Raama Bhakthi to cover the Bhakthi-laden krithis of 
 great Raama BhakthAs .
 
 adiyEn and SangItha Vidwan SrIman T.N.Bala will be covering 
 a variety of krithis of Raama BhakthAs like the Saint Thyagaraja , 
 BhadrAchala Raama Das and others in this list. The first few postings 
 will appear on Oppiliappan and sister lists. After that adiyEn 
 will post them exclusively in the Raama  Bahkthi list. 
 [ Moderator's note: Sri Sadagopan has kindly acceded to my
   special request and will post all these articles on the
   Bhakti List as well. This is a great privilege for our
   readers. -- Mani ]
 May  I suggest that those who are interested in the enjoyment 
 of the meanings of these Bhakthi-laden krithis aswell as 
 the rendition of these krithis by Senior Carnatic Musicians
 become members of the Raama Bhakthi List by subscribing to:
 
 RaamaBhakthi-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 
 
 Today , adiyEn will focus on the Uthsava sampradhAya  Krithis of 
 Saint ThyagarAja . There are  approximately two dozen ktithis in
 this category , which ThyAga Brahmam composed and used during
 NithyOthsavams , PakshOthsavams and Vaarshika Uthsavams like
 SrI Raama Navami , which he celebrated for nine days .
 
 SangItha VidwAn SrIman Bala has provided a list of those 
 Uthsava sampradhAya krithis (USK)at his web site :
 
 http://www.tnbala.com
 
 He has also an audio clip there of a ChoorNikai by the Saint
 of ThiruvayyARu that describes the beauty of SrI Vaikuntam ,
 the Supreme abode of Lord  Raama NaarAyaNan . Please listen
 to that beautiful rendering by the GhOshti of SrI T.N. Bala.
 
 We hope to have the audios of all of these USKs as sung by
 SrIman Bala soon in the files section of Raama Bhakthi
 list  archives.
 
 Here is the list of the 24 USKs compiled by SrIman Bala
 with cbrief comments in paranthesis from myself:
 
1. Heccharikagaa raara hE Raamachandra--Yadhukula
    KaambhOji Raagam and Jampa Taalam 
    ( SvAgatham is extended to the Lord as He
      enters His darbhAr to bless HIs  devotees) 
 
 2. SeethA KalyANamE--SankarAbharaNam
    (traditionally  sung during VivAhams ) 
 
 3. NagumOmu galavAni naa ManOharuni--
    MadhyamAvathi Raagam & Aaadhi TaaLam
    ( Bhagavad Svaroopa anubhavam and uninterrupted
      worship of the Lord in the sampradhAyic mehtods 
      prescribed by  SaasthrAs).
 
 4. NaapAli SrIraamA BhUpAalaka sthOma-
    SankarAbharaNam or NavrOj , Aadhi
    ( Prayer for the anugraham of the Lord 
      to protect him ).
 
 5. JayamangaLam Nithya Subha MangaLam--
    NaadanAmakriyA ( TirupallANDU to
    the Moksha Daayaka Raamachandran)
 
 6. Pathiki HaaratheerE SitA--Surutti and Aadhi
    (NeerAjana samarpaNam or Haaratthi offering).
 
 7. Pathiki MangaLa HaaratheerE --Aarabhi
    ( ManhgaLa Haaratthi SamarpaNam as UpachAram)
 
 8. ShObAnE--PanthuvarALi
 
 9. Laali Laaliyani--HarikAmbhOji, Aaadhi
    (Unjal Uthsavam or rocking of the Lord 
     gently back and forth )
 
 10. UyyAla lUka vaiyaa--NeelAmbhari
     (Unjal Sevai: Invitation to the Lord
      to enjoy the swing set up in a gem-
      bedecked hall in front of alldEvAs).
 
 11. Raama Raama Raama Laali--SahAnA
     (Unjal Sevai)
 
 12. Laali Laalayya Laali--KedAragouLai, Jampai
     ( Unjal Sevai in a special Mantapam and
       offering of Many UpachArams in a long krithi
       with 7  charaNams)
 
 13. Laali YoogavE Maa-paali Dhaivamaa --NeelAmbhari,
     Roopakam ( Request for Unjal sevai of the Lord 
     rocking on the swing of AadhisEshA , while  chatitng 
     with SitA Devi and His brothers )
 
 14. Raama SrI Raama Laali--SankarAbharaNam , Aadhi
     (Offering of many UpachArams , while the Lord 
      swings on the Unjal of AadhisEsha). 
 
 15. KshIra Saagara --Aananda Bhairavi
     ( One of the rare krithis of Saint ThyagarAja
       in this raagam as a  rsult of his pledge
       to an Archakar , who was an expert in rendering
       this raagam).
 
 16. Padalika theera--ReethigowLai
 
 17. SrI Raama Raama Raama--NeelAmbhari
 
 18. Poola paanbu meeda--Ahiri, Tisra laghu
     ( SayanOthsavam and offering of many upachArams
       including preparation of bed of Jasmine  flowers, 
       offerings of sandal paste ,Sugared milk, honey and 
       pawn as well as flower garlands ). 
 
 19. Jo Jo Raama-- Reehtigowlai( Jo kottuthal in
     the style of PeriyAzhwAr Paasurams).
 
 20. MelukOvayya mammElukO Raama --BowLi, Jampa
     ( Tender and MOving ThiruppaLLiyezucchi)
 
 21. MelukO DayAnidhi, mElukO DaasaraTi--SourAshtram,
     Roopakam ( Waking up of the Lord in the Morning 
     and description of the assembly of dEvAs to have
     the Visvaroopa darsanam as in ThoNdardipodi's
     immortal ten verses sung for Lord RanganAthan ). 
 
 22. Maa Raamachandruniki--Kedaara GowLai
     (Vaathsalyam -filled krithi)
 
 23. Jaanaki Naayaka Neeku--DanyAsi 
     ( another devotional krithi soaked 
       with snEham for the Lord to be sung in the early
       morning hours ).
 
 24. Jaya MangaLam --GhantA Raagam , Jampai Taalam .
     ( Benediction: May there be victorious MangaLA
       to the lord with eyes full of DayA in the style 
       of PeriyAzhwAr's ThiruppallANDu).
  
 The Raama Bhakthi anubhavams enshrined in these
 krithis as ThyAga Brahmam went about performing daily 
 UpachArams during His AarAdhanams , MangaLAsAsanams 
 and archanas are most moving.
 
 adiyEn would  add few more Krithis in the UpachAra
 Krithis category since these also cover many
 bhakthi-laden upachArams offered to the Lord :
 
 1. Raara SitAramaNi ManOhara--HinDOLa Vasantham ,
    Roopaka Taalam ( This deals with archana and
    Moorthi AarAdhanam)
 
 2. ChEthulAra SrungAramu jEsi--Karahara Priya/
    Hari Hara PriyA ( alankAram of the Lord), Aaadhi
 
 3. AaragimpavE paalaragimbhavE--ThODi , Roopakam
    (Offering of Butter nad Milk to the Lord/NaivEdhyam ).
 
 4. Vidamu sEyavE , nannu vidanADakavE--Kharahara PriyA,
    Aaadhi TaaLam ( Offering of PaansupAri )
 
 5. ChallarE Raamachandrunipai poola--Aahiri & Chaapu
    ( Showering of different Flowers at the Thiruvadi 
     of the Lord and the Lily of one's heart as well).
 
 6. UpachAramulanu chEkOnavayyA , UragarAja Sayana--
    Bhairavi Raagam and Aaadhi TaaLam( Request to
    Lord Raamachandra to accept his worship/aarAdhanam).
 
 7. SrI Raama Raama Raama --SrI MaanasAbhdhisOmA
    NaarAyaNApthakAmA naLinAkshA pavvaLimchu,
    GopikAvasantham, Aaadhi    ( SayanOthsavam and 
    invitation to Sayana graham with Jaanaki MaathA ).
 
 8. KoluvamarE gadha ? KOdhaNdapANi: ThOdi , Aaadhi
    ( NaadhOpachAram at the crack of dawn and the offering
      of milk to appease the hunger of the awakening Lord).
 
 All of these UpachArams during Bhagavath AarAdhanam culminated 
 in Aathama NivEdhanam /BharanyAsam/SaraNAgathi at the sacred
 feet of Lord Raamachandra as revealed in the RavichandrikA Krithi
 (MaakElarA vichAramu maruganna SrI Raamachandra ), Vijaya VasanthA
 krithi ( Nee chitthamu naabhAgyamayya, NirupAdhika , neevAdanayya),
 Hamsadhvani Krithi ( RaghunAyaka ! NeepAdhayugarAjeevamula )
 and MadhyamAvathi Krithi ( SharaNU SharaNanuchu moraliDina ).
 
 adiyEn with all of your help will capture as many of these
 krithis as rendered by SangItha VidvAns and archive them
 for reference for Raama BhakthAs.Please send audio clips
 from your libraries to Raama Bhakthi file section to
 build up the archives. Thanks in advance .
 
 AdiyEn will take up the Dhivya NaamAvaLi Keerthanams
 of Saint ThyagarAja next and follow those postings
 with additional postings on the Saint's krithis that 
 salute Lord  Raamachandra's physical Beauty and moral
 beauty (Celebration of His Uthtama GuNams).
 
 SrIpapriya SangIthOpAsana chEyavE! oh ManasA !
 
 Raama Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SadagOpan  



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