Karnatik for Kids

For kids to enjoy and appreciate Karnatic music : a South-Indian Art Music Form

Dear Budding Musicians,

We hope everyone had a very enjoyable Rama Navami with paanagam and neer more 🙂 In the world of Karnatic Music, it’s apt to remember Saint Sri Thyagaraja Swamigal on this occasion since his krithis speak for his love and devotion towards Lord Rama.

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Sri Thyagaraja swamigal’s ishta deivam (favourite God) being Sri Rama, the saint always chanted Rama namam. It is said that he undertook a vow to complete 1,00,000 crore chants of Rama namam at a very young age and pleased with his devotion, Lord Rama and Lakshmana gave him darshanam as two young brilliant boys.

About Rama Namam, it’s said that it is the only Mantra that is called ‘Taraka Mantra’. The word ‘taraka’ means the one that helps us cross. It helps us cross the cycles of birth and death.

Sri Thyagarajar’s divyanama krithis are a real treat to all music lovers. Some of the popular ones known to all are –

Ada mOdi galadhe (chArukaesi), bantu rEthi kolu (hamsanAdham), brOva bhAramA (bahudAri), koluvai yunnadae kOdhandapAni (devagAndhAram), marugaelarA (jayanthashrI), nagumOmu ganalaeni (Abhaeri) , sAmaja vara gamanA (hindOlam), sItamma mAyammA (vasanthA), yOchanA kamala lOchanA (durbAr).

This week we have a divyanama krithi rAmA kOdhanda rAma in Bhairavi rAgam. In this krithi, the Saint beautifully brings out the different names of Lord Rama such as kOdhanda rAma, kalyAna rAma, pattAbhi rAma. The krithi reinforces the fact that Nama Smarana, which is a form of bhakti, will certainly please the Lord and beget his grace for both the singer and the listener.We really hope that kids love learning this krithi and will share more such divyanama krithis in future.

Please continue to listen in and stay tuned for more!

Have a musical weekend ahead !!

Sairam,

Kalpakakamakshi