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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sat Sep 07 1996 - 17:49:12 PDT
Verse 15: Venugopalan's Music supported by the Talams of Gopis MAHASEH MAHITAAYA MOWLINAA VINATHENANAANJALIMANJANATHVISEH I KALAYAAMI VIMUGHDHA VALLAVEE VALAYAABHASHITA MANJU VENAVEH II I join my hands in Anjali Mudraand lower my head in salutation of that much revered effulgent , dark-hued Jyothi of Gopala , whose divine flute music joins in conversation as it were with the taaLam of Gopis wearing golden bangles that jingle as they keep up with the rhythmic patterns . Verse 16: Venu music and Raasa Kreetaa with Gopis JAYATHI LALITHAVRUTTHIM SIKSHITOH VALLAVEENAAM SITHILA VALAYA SINCHAA SEETHALAIR HASTHA TAALAI : I AKILA BHUVANA RAKSHAA GOPA VESHASYA VISHNOH: ADHARA MANI SUDHAAYAAM AMSAVAAN VAMSANAALA : II The incarnation of Vishnu taking the form of a cowherd to protect all the universes has on its coral-red lips the bamboo flute that tastes the nectar of this Gopala's mouth . As he plays the flute on the banks of the Yamuna river during the moon-lit nights, the lovelorn Gopis engage in Raasa Kreeta with him. The Gopis beat taaLam to the music of their Lord with their cool hands decorated with golden bangles. Their follow-up with taaLam suggests as though they are teaching the abhinayam step known as LaLitham to the flute of the Lord . ( The Abhinaya sastras describe LaLitham as the gesture , where the dancer places her hands on the appropriate portion of the body and change the movement of her eyebrows to mimic the different rasas . Thedelectable interplay between theBhavam ,Ragam and TaaLam- Bharata Natyam- is suggested here as the Rasa Kreeyaa progresses ). Verse 17 : Gopalan with the decorations appropriate for his role as a cowherd roaming in the forests to graze the cows and calves CHITRAAKALPA: SRAVASI KALAYAN LANKALEE KARNAPOORAM BARHOTTHAMSA SPURITHACHIKUROH BANDHUJEEVAM DADHAANA: I GUNJAA BADDHAA MURASI LALITHAAM DHARAYAN HAARAYASHTIM GOPASTHREENAAM JAYATHI KITAVA: KOAPI KOWMAARAHAARI II (Gopalan is a roamer of the forest . Hence , he decorates himself with the ornaments appropriate to the dwellers of the forests (i-e) natural products available in the forests). The mischevous Gopalan , who stole the youth of the Gopis appears before them with many decorations that enhance his beauty . On his ears, the Gopis find the flower known as Laangali ( Flower from the coconut tree's sheaf/Tennampaalai flower ) ; peacock feathers are found by them on his dark and curly tresses; red hibiscus also decorates those tresses. On his broad chest , they find a beautiful necklace made of yellowish-red seeds known as Gunjaa or Kunrimani strung together . With these and more AabharaNaas made of forest products, Gopala enchants the hearts of the adoring Gopis .