Saturday, October 24, 2009

Ramnad Krishnan - Mummoortlu - Athana

mummUrtulu-aThANA

Listen to an excellent Athana and the Tyagaraja masterpiece in the inimitable voice of Ramanthapuram Krishna Iyer or Ramnad Krishnan as he is popularly known.

This recording is shared with me a famous musician friend of mine. I really do not the source of it.

Neither the accompaniment details are known.


My friend asked me one question regarding this song. Sri Rama is an incarnation of Sri Maha Vishnu.

When the trinity including Vishnu wrote their virtues and placed in the balance, Sri rama’s virtues placed on the other pan are described as being heavier. How can the virtues of his own Avatara be better than the virtues of Vishnu himself, notwithstanding the virtues of Brahma and Siva was the question.


Perhaps Tyagaraja wanted to tell that Amsavataras are sometimes much better than the original God. Such was his devotion to Rama.


I bring to you here the text and the meaning of the Kriti.


The meaning is borrowed from a well known source with thanks.



In this kRti ‘mummUrtulu gumikUDi’ – rAga aThANA, srI tyAgarAja states that even the Trinity sing the praise of srI rAma.


పల్లవి – ముమ్మూర్తులు గుమికూడి పొగడే

ముచ్చట వినుకోరే

అనుపల్లవి – సమ్మతిగ రాజు కొడుకనగ విని

సంశయము తీరక శ్రీరాముని ము....

చరణం – రోసముతో రఘురాముని గుణములు

రూఢిగ తమ గుణములనటు వ్రాసి

త్రాసుననిడ సరి నిల్వలేదని

త్యాగరాజ నుతుడెవడోయనుచును ము.....


Pallavi mummUrtulu gumikUDi pogaDE

muccaTa vinukOrE


Anupallavi sammatiga rAju koDuk(a)naga vini

saMsayamu tIraka srI rAmuni (mum)


Charanam rOsamutO raghurAmuni guNamula

rUDiga tama guNamulan(a)Tu vrAasi

trAsuna(n)iDa sari nilva lEd(a)ni

tyAgarAja nutuD(e)vaDO(y)anucunu (mum)


Meaning:


Please listen to the conversation of the Trinity praising (srI rAma) concertedly.


Having heard that srI rAma is a prince, their doubt not having been dispelled, listen to their conversation of the Trinity praising srI rAma concertedly and whole heartedly.


Being piqued, writing down the virtues of srI raghurAma and their own well-known virtues, as they placed there on a scale, finding that the scale did not balance, listen to the conversation of the Trinity praising srI rAma concertedly, (wondering) as to ‘who this person praised by tyAgarAja could be’.


Word-by-word Meaning


P Please listen (వినుకోరే) to the conversation (ముచ్చట) of the Trinity

(ముమ్మూర్తులు) praising (పొగడే) (శ్రీరామ) concertedly (గుమికూడి)


A Having heard (విని) that (అనగా) srI rAma is a prince - son (కొడుకు)

(కొడుకనగ) of King (రాజు) (దశరథ), their doubt (సంశయము) not having been dispelled (తీరక), listen to their conversation of the Trinity praising srI rAma (రాముని) concertedly and whole heartedly (సమ్మతిగ).


C Being piqued (రోసముతో), writing down (వ్రాసి) the virtues (గుణముల) of srI raghurAma and their own (తమ) well-known (రూఢిగ) virtues (గుణములను), as they placed (ఇడ) there (అటు) (గుణములనటు) on a scale (త్రాసున), finding that (అని) the scale did not (లేదని) balance (సరినిల్వ), listen to the conversation of the Trinity concertedly praising srI rAma, wondering as to (అనుచు) ‘who this person (ఎవడో) praised (నుతుడు) by tyAgarAja could be’.
You can listen to the song here.



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