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The 72 MeLa Raaga Kritis on Sri BhUmi Devi SamEta Sri Oppiliappan : Rasikapriya MeLam ( 72nd MeLam)

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    Dear BhaktAs of ThiruviNNagar Dhivya dampatis: Today, we will study Rasikapriya Raaga kriti of Sow.Padma Veeraraghavan . This Raagam is the 72nd MeLam. It is
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 26, 2012
    Dear BhaktAs of ThiruviNNagar Dhivya dampatis:
     
    Today, we will study Rasikapriya Raaga kriti of Sow.Padma Veeraraghavan .
     
    This Raagam is the 72nd MeLam. It is the  sixth raagam in the 12th (Aditya) chakram .It is the equivalent of  Suddha madhyama MeLam , Chala Natta ( 36th Melam). It is known as Rasa Manjari in the Venkatamahi system of MeLa Raaga  classification .
     
    There is a Raamar Sannidhi at Oppiliappan Koil at the North East corner of the Temple . Every year, there  is a grand Sri Raama Navami Utsavam concluding with Sri Raama PattAbhishEkam . A grand
    Music festival takes place during this Utsavam and includes the singing of Saint ThyAgaraja’s Ghana Raaga Pancharatnams , a tradition started by SoubhAgyavati Padma VeerarAghavan . This tradition continues today . This kriti set in the last MeLam among the 72 MeLa Raagams ( Rasika Priyaa) is about the PattAbhishEkam of Lord Raamachandra and SitA PirAtti .  
     
    The ArOhaNa-AvarOhaNams are: 
     
    S R3 G3 M2 P D3 N3 S
    S N3 D3 P M2 G3 R3 S
     
    ITS SWARAMS ARE SHADSRUTI  RISHABHAM , ANTARA  GHAANDHARAM , PRATI MADHYAMAM , PANCHAMAM ,  SHAT SRUTI DHAIVATAM AND  KAAKALI NISHAADAM .
     
    Its Janya Raagams are : Hamsa Giri , Naaga Giri , IshtAngiNi
     
    The Kritis in this Raagam are:
     
    1) AruL seyya VeNum —Sri Koteeswara Iyer
     
    2) Dr. BalamuralikrishNa dhAtuvardhini (Vocal recital)
     
    3) Sri Parthasarathy-Srimathy D.K.PattammaL
     
    4) PattAbhishEkam KaaNa –Srimathy Padma Veeraraghavan with Raaga Mudhrai.
     
    5) Srungara Rasa Manjari –Sri Mutthuswamy Dikshitar
     
    6) Rajatha Sabhaa NaayakanE –Sri Mutthayaa Bhagavathar
     
    7) Rasikapriyaa VarNam
     
    Pallavi of Sow. Padmaa Veeraraghavan’s kriti:
     
    PattAbhishEkam KaaNa PatinAyiram KaNN VeNDum
    mattilA MahizhvadainthOm Mandhara Gridharanin 
     
    (Meaning and comments): Oh Raamachandraa ! One needs tens of thousands of eyes to see and enjoy Your Coronation at AyOddhi . Oh Lord who supported on Your back the Mandara mountain as Mahaa Koormam during the churning of the Milky ocean to bring out the nectar ! We derive limitless bliss in
    enjoying Your joyous PattAbhishEkam .  
     
    Anupallavi:
     
    Mutthu pOl malarntha punnahai muhattazhagum
    yettumO ? aRivukku yennayum maRanthEn
     
    ( Meaning and comments):  adiyEn has lost my mind over the enjoyment of the beauty of Your Thirumuka MaNDalam and Your gentle smile blossoming with the hue of the budding pearls .      
     
    One is reminded of Saint ThyAgaraja SwamigaL’s kriti  , “ Muddhu Momu yElaagu chElanganO ? “ set in raagam Suryakaantam , where he says “ How did SrI RaamA’s face of captivating beauty shine , when He blessed with His darsana the devotees (at His dharbhAr) who had been for long looking forward eagerly with panting hearts for His advent , and how did even the sages get enchanted with it ?”. In a Rudrapriya raaga Kriti ( LaavaNya Raamaa) , the Saint asks : “ Oh Charming Raamaa ! Bless me with Your benign looks. Your mental disposition , Your charms and Your Methods are unique ( nee manasu nee sogasu nee dinusu vErE ).  
     
    CharaNam:
     
    kattiLam kaaLai iLayOnudan Anumanum
    pattu peetAmBharam minna Bharata Chatrugnrum
    kottu mELam muzhanga kOti Rasikapriyan
    Sattiya Raaman annai SeetA Deviyudan
     
    (Meaning and comments): Oh PattAbhirAmaa ! Around Your throne in Your darbhAr , the young and strong LakshmaNa stood ; HanumAn was at the foot of Your throne . With their silk PeetAmbharam shining , Bharatan and ChatrugNan were holding the umbrella and waving the fan. Auspicious Ghetti mElam was heard across the DharbhAr. Raama the embodiment of Satyam and dharmam sat elegantly with His devi during the coronation utsavam and one needs tens of thousands of eyes to absorb the beauty of the PattAbhishEka utsavam .The PattabhishEka sargam in Srimath RaamAyaNam (121 slOakms) and the two dhyAna slOkams for Sundara KaaNDa PaarAyaNam are to be studied in depth to understand the context of this kriti . 
     
    We will conclude the coverage of the 72 MeLa Raaga Kritis with the dhyAnam of the two dhyAna  slOkams recited at the beginning of the Sundara KaaNDa PaarAyaNam :
     
    VaidEhi sahitam suradhrumatalE haimE MahaamaNDapE
       madhyE pushpakamAsanE maNimayE VeerAsanE susthitam
    agrE vaachayati prabhanjanasutE tattvam munibhya: param
       vyAkhyAntam BharadhAdibhi: parivrutam Raamam bhajE SyAmaLam
     
    VaamE bhUmisutA purasccha HanumAn PaschAth sumitrAsuta:
       SatrugnO Bharatasccha paarSvadalayOr-VaayvAdhikONEshu cha
    Sugreevsccha VibheeshaNsccha yuvarAD TaarAsutO JaambhavAn
       madhyE Neela-sarOja-kOmaLaruchim Raamam bhajE SyAmaLam
     
    Sri T.S. Balakrishna Saastrigal’s Raama PattabhishEka KaalakshEpam is a beautiful experience to enjoy . Please google search for access .
     
    Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka
    Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:
    Srimate Srivan Satakopa Sri Ranganatha Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

    Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan


     
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