Sunday, January 17, 2010

iCandy is home

Thanks to Rohit and his parents...



Monday, January 04, 2010

kara dhRta vINA













fingers traverse frets
pull, caress, glide across strings
goddesses listen

Sunday, January 03, 2010

bhairavi: AryAm abhayAmbAm bhaja rE rE

Here is a recording made by Ramji and Vidya on their visit to Kalpakam teacher's place on November 29, 2009. Thanks to Vidya for this three part video, starting with AlApanA,



followed by tAnam,



and concluding with a rendition of AryAm abhayAmbAm, a kRti from the abhayAmbA vibhakti series of Muttuswami Dikshitar.



I remember this weekend as the one following my return from South Africa with H1N1, an infection that was confirmed by DNA PCR the day after this veena session, and that had me quarantined for over a week. Despite the scare, mostly around the risk of infecting others, I did manage to review and work on my rusty culinary skills during the quarantine period.

Lyrics below courtesy guruguha.org. Translation and transliteration here.

आर्यां अभयाम्बाम् - रागं भैरवि - ताळं त्रिपुट

पल्लवि
आर्यां अभयाम्बां भजरे रे चित्त सन्ततं
अविद्या कार्य कलनां त्यज रे
(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)
आदि मध्यान्त रहितां शिव सहिताम्

अनुपल्लवि
सूर्याग्नि चन्द्र मण्डल मध्य वासिनीं
सुख-तर प्रवर्तिनीं स्वेतर निवासिनीम्
आचार्य शिष्यानुग्रह करण शक्ति प्रदापार करुणां
(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)
चर्यादि चतुष्टय वितरण समर्थ-तर चरणां अरुणाम्

चरणम्
नन्दन वनोत्पादन पुष्प मालिका -
वन्दनालयादि प्रस्थापन दिव्य-
चन्दन घर्षण स्थल शुद्धि करण-
वन्दन स्तोत्रादि पठन भक्त सेवानां -
मन्द-धी हरण चर्यायुत मानवानां-
धर्म-मय स्वच्छन्द शिव सालोक्य -
दायक चतुर-तर हर नट भैरवीं
(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)
मन्द स्मित विलसित मुखारविन्दां गुरु गुहाम्बिकां
मुकुन्द सोदरीं महा त्रिपुर सुन्दरीं आनन्द लहरीम्