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Omana Thinkal

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This beautiful Malayalam lullaby was composed by Sikkil Gurucharan & Anil Srinivasan. Stephen Murray recorded the piano for this over two years ago. After an embarrassingly long hiatus, I finally got the help of my good friend Jerin to fix up my Malayalam, and I recorded it last week. I can’t speak for my singing, but Steve’s work on the piano was beyond amazing.

This song describes a child- Is it a crescent’s moon, or the flower of a lotus? The honey in a flower, or the lustre of the full moon?

It’s a really really beautiful song, so I hope I was able to give it justice.

Omana Thinkal Lyrics

Omanathingal KidAvo,
Nalla KomaLa ThAmara Poovo,

Poovil Niranja MadHuvo,
Pari poornendhu thanTe nilAvo,

Puthan Pavizha koDiyo,
cheru thathakal konjum mozhiyo,

ChAnjAdiyAdum Mayilo,
mridhu panjamam pADum kuyilo,

Thullum-iLamAn kidavo,
sobha-kollunnnOrannakoDiyo

Eswaran Thana Nidhiyo,
Parameshwariyenthum kiLiyo

PArijathathin Thaliro,
enDe bhAgya drumathin phalamo

Krishnashtakam

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A few years ago, my mami introduced me to a set of CD’s titled “Sacred Chants”. The CD’s are comprised of simple bhajans & shlokas, rendered by a group of woman singing in beautiful harmony, accompanied by modern instruments. The music really takes you to a different place.┬áThis song, titled Krishnashtakam is a shloka about Krishna. My rendition doesn’t have instruments, though I did use a second layer to add in some harmony. I had actually recorded this over two years ago, using my old lenovo laptop & mike, back when I was in University. It was a very nice discovery :)

Krishnashtakam Lyrics

Vasu deva sutham devam
Kamsaanura mardhanam
Devaki paramaa nandham
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Adhasi pushpa sangaasam
Haara noopura shobitham
Rathna kangana keyuram
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Kudilaalaka samyuktham
Poorna chandra nibhananam
Vilasath kundala tharam-devam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Hare krishna hare krishna
Krishna krishna hare hare(2)

Mandhara kandham samyuktham
Chaaru haasam chaturbujam
Parhi pinjaava sudangam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Uthpulla padma bathraksham
Neela jimutha sannibham
Yaadha vaanam shirorathnam
Krishnam vandhe jadathgurum

Rukmani keli samyuktham
Vinaabha dhushobitham
Avaaptha thulasi thannam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Hare krishna hare krishna
Krishna krishna hare hare(2)

Gopikaanaam kusath vandha
kunkumangitha vakshasam
Sriniketham mahesvasam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Srivathsangam mahoraskam
Vanamaala virajitham
Sangu chakra tharam devam
Krishnam vandhe jagathgurum

Hare krishna hare krishna
Krishna krishna hare hare(2)

Saawariya Ki Rang Raachi

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I did a quick acapella of a song I learnt from my music teacher. Saawariya Ki Rang Raachi is a Carnatic Bhajan in Raagam Janasamodhini.

It was a one shot recording, and I know it’s not perfect, but the song is a very beautiful one, so I do hope you enjoy it.

 

It is my first of hopefully many more video recordings.
My eyes do some weird things in this video, so for that I apologize.

Ksheerabdhi

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One of my huge music obsessions is “light” carnatic music. This includes songs in raagams such as Kapi, Desh, or Hamir Kalyani, and a wide variety of carnatic fusion music.

During the height of my ‘obsession’ last summer, I discovered “Anil Srinivasan” through the Sikkil Gurucharan Website. I listened to “Sarvam” on the Gurucharan home page and wanted more. I turned to deezer.com, where I found two full albums of Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan, which I have listened to on repeat many times. I also found Anil Srinivasan’s Gallery on his own website. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find any of the CDs in the Canadian stores, or I would definitely purchase them.

When it comes to light and soothing carnatic music, this is possibly the best that I have ever heard.

I used my lenovo mike and audacity to record “Ksheerabdhi” onto my computer, and on a new track, I added my own voice in. I used the “noise removal” effect to clean up the sound a little bit. It was a one shot recording, so it’s not even near perfect, but I loved singing with the piano!

So here it is, a “collaboration” with Anil Srinivasan, featuring singers Subiksha Rangarajan, and me!

Lyrics

ksheerabdi kanyakaku sree maha lakshmikini
neerajaalayakunu neeraajanam

Charanam 1 :
Jalajaakshi momunaku jakkuvakuchambulaku
nelakonna kappurapu neeraajanam
aliveni turumunaku, hastha kamalambulaku
niluvu manikyamula neerajanam…neeraajanam

Charanam 2 :
Pagatu sree venkateshu pattapu raniyai
negadu sati kaLalakunu neerajanam
jagathi alamelu manga Chakkadanamula kella
nigudu nija sobhanapu neerajanam…neeraajanam

Charanam 3 :
Charana kisalayamulaku sakhiyarambhorulaku
niratamagu mutthyala neerajanam
aridhi jaghanambunaku nathiva nathanaabhikini
nirathi nanavarna neerajanam…neeraajanam

Meaning Summary

Summarized from here

Neerajanam means “benediction” or an invocation of divine blessing.

This song goes through all of the qualities of the goddess Lakshmi, and seeks blessings from the one with lotus like eyes, dark flowing hair, soft hands, and a pleasant voice.

Pasupathi Tanaya

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For our annual School Show in Bharathanatyam, we always start the evening by a small Ganesha Invocation that I usually sing.

This year, I decided to try something a little different. Unfortunately, it turned out to be too ‘modern’ for starting a traditional program, but here it is.

Steve, the friend who I introduced just recently was on guitar for this collaboration.

Lyrics:

Vakra Thunda Maha Kaaya, Surya Koti Sama Prabha
Nirvigna Kurume Deva, Sarva Karyeshu Sarvadha

Pasupathi Tanaya, Bala Gajanana
Tum HoVigna Vinasha, Ganesha
He Siva Nandana, Bala Gajanana
Vidhya Buddhi Pradhatha
Mangala Kara He, Mangala Kara He
Sundara Bala Ganesha (Ganesha)