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Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Life!! :)

Trying to breathe some life into my blog!! :)

This sunday was truly blissful.Spent most of the time reading about one of the greatest composers of Carnatic Music - Muthuswamy Dikshitar.

To talk about the gift he'd left the music sorority (well,what do you expect out of a feminist! :) )
Got a wonderful opportunity to listen to lots of krithis composed in rare ragas. Dikshitarophiles should definitely visit this.Was listening to one of the nIlOtpalAmbA krithi. Well,let me explain - Dikshitar composed lots of krithis termed by the sorority as 'group-krithis', which will contain krithis in the name of a particular deity,mostly, or in general, a particular theme. One such set, is the nIlOtpalAmbA.

The one that I listened to was in nArirItigOwla. All these krithis describe the neelotpalamba, the goddess of blue lotus.Since the raagams in which these krithis end with 'gOwla', they are also called gOwlAnta rAga krithis.These krithis are different from the navAvarnam by the fact that these do not have a dhyAna krithi and a mangala krithi.

Hoping to post more on various compositions and a more detailed one! since breathing too much life onto my blog might suffocate it!! :)


Kaushik Ramajayam said...

I understand that a mangala krithi must be an "ending" krithi; is a dhyAna krithi the opposite? What rAgams are these composed in (the usual mangala rAgams, for instance)?

Good to have you back :-)

Einsteinophile said...

Yes.A dhyAna krithi is sung at the beginning. 'dhyAna' meaning meditate in Sanskrit.
There aren't any specific rAgams that are classified under this category.
But the rAgam nAttai is mostly chosen for this a dhyAna krithi/viruttam.
If you'd noticed,most of the krithis/bhajans in the name of Lord Ganesha are sung in nAttai.And yeah....that these are mostly sung before the commencement of anything important/auspicious.

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