[Advaita-l] Devi kritis for the season

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 01:42:10 CDT 2016

On Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM, Raghav Kumar Dwivedula <
raghavkumar00 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 'The sharannanavaratri are noted in southern india for (among other
> things) the singing of the devi navAvaraNa kritis of the vAggeyakAra
> muttusvAmI dIxita (1775-1835 CE). His compositions are in sanskrit and he
> studied vedanta in kashi for five years. He was a lAxaNika. He left the
> body while on the 'on the banks of cauvery to the singing of  his great
> devi kriti 'mInAxi me mudam dehi'. It is said that when the lines from this
> song ,  'mInalocani pAshamocani' (O Goddess, Giver of freedom from
> bondage....) were being repeated, he left the body.'

Some very famous compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar are 'vātāpi gaṇapatim
bhaje', 'ranga pura vihāra' (on the Lord of Srirangam temple),
'Srivaralakshmi namastubhyam' in Sri rāga.  The devi navāvarṇa krtis are a
very rare composition with a deep mystical theme. There are the navagraha
kritis too.


> "The great* composer, created an alternative universe in an ancient music
> form. He did this not by intuition or immersion alone, but by assiduously
> backing these insights up with learning and experience.*
> *In an era with extremely limited means of transport, Dikshitar travelled
> the length and breadth of the country. He sang the praise of deities in
> celebrated temples all over India and penned, in his **kriti** s,
> interesting details about these **sthalam** s. His stint in * Kashi,
> where he spent close to five years learning the theories of Vedanta * as
> well as music, exposed him to the Hindustani system and the dhrupad style
> of singing. He also travelled to many important shrines in south India,
> including Tiruttani, Kanchipuram, Tiruvarur, Chidambaram and Kumbakonam, to
> name just a few.*
> *Muttuswami Dikshitar composed songs on a galaxy of deities, often from
> different perspectives. Each of his **kriti** s contains mythological
> stories about the deities, festivals and temples associated with them and
> pertinent philosophical messages and concepts.*
> *He composed songs on various forms of the Goddess.*
> *Legend has it that in his final moments, he was listening to his
> disciples render ‘ **Meenakshi memudam dehi** ’, one of his cornerstone
> compositions set to Gamakakriya.*
> *The felicity in his writing was clearly powered by a unique combination
> of scholarliness and linguistic acumen. Dikshitar was a **lAkshanika** ,
> or musical grammarian, with each of his **kriti** s presenting a rich,
> vivid and nuanced portrayal of the **raga**employed*
> On 09-Oct-2016 9:36 pm, "V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l" <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Devi kritis - nice album for the season:
>> http://mio.to/album/Mambalam+Sisters/Devi+Krithis+-+Mambalam
>> +Sisters+(2006)
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