Smt D. K. Pattammal and Sri D. K. Jayaraman are renowned for a clear and exquisite patantaram in the carnatic form of Indian Music. The compositions rendered by them stand like rocks, reflecting the composer’s genius. The lyrical, musical and spiritual contents are judiciously combined to appeal instantaneously to the listener. In today’s concert scenario, their contribution has become a prime source of inspiration and role model for Artistes in their professional pursuits as well as personal enjoyment.
In this CD, we attempt to present a sample of 8 krithis amongst the several rendered and popularized by Sri D K Jayaraman.
Nilayadakshi: Abeautiful description of the Goddess of Nagapattinam by Shama Sastri. The one with eyes like the water lily and the moon. The sole witness to all that happens in this world, the one who provides solace to the down trodden; and the one who rejoices in the Sama ganam. He pleads to her to come and protect him.
Mapala velasi: “Are you not reputed for protecting those who lay their devotion at your feet? If this be true, why do you shun us?” Tyagaraja questions Rama. “Are you not my only shelter?” he pleads.
Indha Pramukham: The poet Kavimani Desika Vinayakam Pillai lived within the last 100 years.”Are you a mere idol? Don’t you hear my lament? Have I distanced myself from you? Are you afraid of the innumerable worries I nurse or have you just run out of blessings?” he tosses these questions one after other to the Lord of Tiruchendur.
Kulavirudhu:Rush to be my savior and live au to your familial reputation of protecting the down trodden-Tyagaraja summons Rama. And continues his monologue-“you are the tru strength of both Devas in the upper world and the Brahmins in this world and are worshipped by the Vedas.may prosperity be with you! and let me not suffer.”
Grahabalamemi: An exquisite poetic treatment of a high thought. Note that the word ‘Graha’ is the first word of almost all the lines leading to different usages of the prefix Graha, to convey in powerfull language that Rama’s blessings are far superior to the power of Navagrahas (Nine Planets).
Nee Sati Daivamu:This composition seems to have been composed in difference to the wishes of Dikshitar’s dancer deciples. In the traditional Nayika Bhava, the composer addressed Lord Tyagaraja of Tiruvarur. Significantly Dikshitar has discarded his ‘Guruguha’ mudra for this composition
Mayaladi:Has someone cast a spell on you? wont you speak to me? i cannot bare this distance from you anymore. My Lord, speak to me! admonishes this lady in love with HIM.
Inda Vibheeshana: Vibheeshana comes away from his dreaded brother Ravana and surrenders at the feet of Rama. Rama straighjt away crowns the King of Lanka even before crossing the sea to destroy Ravana and retrieve Seetha.Arunachala Kavi has packed the final moments of Vibheeshana Sharanagathi into this song.