Photos: Prashanth M
by BR Usha
Naadopaasane….. Sadguru preraNe
Shri Sadguru Sainathaya Namaha
naahaM vasaami vaikuMThe na yOgi hRudayEravou
madbhaktAH yatra gAyaMti tatra tiShThAmi nArada
The Lord Himself says: I dwell not in Vaikuntha (heaven), nor in the hearts of Yogins, nor in the sun; but where my devotees sing, there, O Narada, do I reside.
Shri Purandaradasa is the pitamaha of Carnatic music, Shri Tyagaraja is one of the trinities of Indian Classical Music. Their compositions are so rich in devotion and melody, that it enthralls the listener and creates a field of devotion and music around them.
The day (25th February 2007, Sunday) began with detailed pooja offering to Sadguru Sai Baba, Shri Tyagaraja and Shri Purandara, followed by Panchamrutha Abhisheka and Tyagaraja–Purandara Ashtottara Pooja.
After Teertha Viniyoga, we all assembled for breakfast and coffee at 9.00 am and the arrangements were done with the help of Muktha Balalga team (esp. Srikanth and Prashanth). Everyone assembled back in the hall at 9.30 am and the Goshti was inaugurated by Shri Sundereshan Iyer (Guru of Shri Venugopal). It was heartening to see Sri Iyer sing a Tyagaraja Kruthi at the ripe young age of 90. Later on, he blessed everyone. Kumari Varijashree with her enchanting voice rendered Govinda ninna namave chanda. Expected participants had slowly started adding in to the number and a divine atmosphere was created. The individuals who wished to offer Sangeetha Seve began occupying the dias one after the other and mesmerized us with their soulful singing. Govinda ninna namave chanda, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma, Kallu sakkare kolliro, Nannu palimpa, TulasidaLamula, Makkala manikya, Ksheera sagara shayana, Chakkani rajamargamu were few of the Kruthis these great gurus gave us which were rendered vocally by Shri Sundareshan Iyer, Kumari Varijashree, Shri Ramakrishna Bellur, Smt. Vrunda Rao, Shri Narayan Iyengar and Shri Prasanna. Shri Venugopal, Shri Tejaswi, Kumari Varisjashree and young students treated us with recitals on Flute while Shri Shankaranarayan played on the Veena.
Everyone quenched their thirst with juice served by volunteers during a short break (My friendly neighbours led by my Sister-in-law were in-charge of kitchen that day under the able guidance of my MIL. Many many thanks to them.)
The Goshti sruti was set to 5. All performers assembled in the hall and lo it began …… the enchanting Pillari Geethe (Shri GaNanaatha, Kundagoura, Kereya neeranu, Padumanabha set in raga Malahari) as a salute to the pitamaha of Karnataka sangeetha Shri Purandaradasa and then the Pancharatna Kruthis, the 5 most famous compositions of Shri Tyagaraja, The first one being: Jagadananda kaaraka, in Adi Taala Natta raga. The second one: Dudukugala nanne dora, Adi Taala; Gowla raga. The third being: Sadhinchane O Manasa, Adi Taala; Aarabhi raga. The fourth one: Kana kana ruchira, Adi Taala; Varaali raga. And the fifth one: Endaro mahaanubhavulu, Adi Taala; Sri raga.
The vibrations were felt when everyone rendered the Pillari Geethe and Pancharathna Kruthi. The entire atmosphere was so divine that its difficult to express my happiness in words …
Pancharathna Goshti ended and all of us came back to this world and then offered MahamangaLarathi. The guests were guided to lunch. Shri Krishna Bhat’s team had already set the serving counter supervised by my FIL. Everyone had lunch and accepted Phala Tambula and bade goodbye.
The entire Muktha Balaga team (Praneshachar, Chaitanya, Bellur, Vani, Veena, Shruthi, Srikanth, Prashanth, Mohan) who were waiting for us, including me and Dwaraka had lunch after the beeLkoduge of the participants. Then we all set the mood for another musical session by friends to continue the Aradhane. Chaitanya inaugurated the session with AdisidaLeshodha, followed by Bellur who sang Enu Dhanyalo Lakumi, my friend Nagamani, Vrinda, Savithri, Shri Pai and others also sang Devaranamas. And it was coffeeeeeeee time.
We concluded the musical event with five Devaranamas, Arathi and MangaLa in the evening. It was definitely an Aatmananda Sakara……. I like to quote these lines here:
ellellu saMgeetavE! ellellU souMdaryavE! kELuva kiviyiralu nODuva kaNNiralu!!!
Believe me, later in the evening when the entire house was silent, I could feel the echo of the rendering and it was to stay and continue.