Saturday, November 14, 2009

Needamangalam - Kalinga Nartana Tillana


Needamangalam

There was this young man who visited us.
Was his name Ravindran?
Later he joined AIR as a programme officer.
He told a joke.
He went to AIR for a recording.
The staff member in charge asked him to come with his instrument into the studio.
Ravindran is a Konnakol artist.
The staff member never knew that Konnakol is a pattern of saying the rhythm syllables orally.
Earlier days, carnatic artist used to have Konnakol also as accompaniment, along Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjira and Morsing.
I heard a few recordings of Konnakol with Mali sir.


This young man was a disciple of Needamangalam Krishna Murthy Bhagavatar.
The youngster narrated many incidents about his guru.
I really do not remember much.
But, I have a clear idea that the artist was a highly disciplined man.
That is when I was introduced to the works of "OoththukkADu VenkaTa Subbaiyer".
Ravindran sang Kalinga Nartana Tillana.
He was very poor at Pathantaram.
I transcribed the whole thing and broke my head to make out the right wording.
Those days, internet never existed.
Later NSSrinivasan told Raja reddy to take up the Tillana for performance.
He did it.
Later I heard the version sung by Needamangalam.
I swear this is one of the few songs that haunt me.
I brought Akka kelavva to this blog because it haunted me always.
Now I am also bringing here,Kaling Nartana Tillana by Needamangalam.
Aruna Sayeeram made this item very popular.
But, any one singing this Tillana is only after Needamangalam Krishna Murthy Bhagavatar.


His rendition of OVK items as a part of Kalinga Nartanam and Rasalila are very popular.
This Tillana is a part of the earlier mentioned record.
I could not find my old recording and borrowed it from a friend who is a gold mine of muisc.
Then I found my recording too.

You can download the song from here.


And this is the patham of the Tillana.

1. tAm dhIm tarana (tillAnA).rAga: ghambIra nATTai tAla: Adi


tAm dhIm tarana tAm dhina taTina

tAm dhIm tarana tAm dhittakiTa dhrigu takiTa dhrigu takiTa tadhingiNathom

tAm dhIm tarana tAm yamunA tatAka pankEruhabhava
tAkiTa tAkiTA
sArasadaLa nayanAyata sAyaka mudrita jaya jaya tam dhIm tarana TAm

ThAmita tajjham taka tajjham takatika tajjham tAm (4)
lNla manohara jAlavibhUshaNa nirata jalandhara bhujanga nartana
nIraja tatAga adiga mR.duLa pada nikaTa tarangOttuM.ga tADaM.ga nirataka nirtaka tAm
taka tai, taka tadhimidhiyata taka
tAkiTa takajaga dhRigujaganaMdam takajaga takajaga dhRigujaganaMdam
yamunA taDAga tuM.gatarangaM himakarasmitita ramita ShubhAn.gam
itas tathastara karuNApA.Mgam yativara hR.daya sarOruha bhR.Mgam
dhiNata tillAna, dhiNata tillAna, dhiNata tillAna dhRigu takiTa tillAna
dhiNata tillAna, dhiNata tillAna, dhiNata tillAna dhRigu takiTa tillAna
alaka sindhUra, alaka ShR.MgAra, vadana ghambIra uragamaNa sancAra
nanda sukumAra navanIta dadhicOra, canda maNihAra jalabhavati nuta dhIra
(naM-)nanda sukumAra navanIta dadhicOra,(svacc-) canda maNihAra jalabhavati nuta dhIra
jayavijayIbhava nandakumAra vR.jajana paramAnanda kiShOra
kAlIya naTanAnda ghambhIra karuNArasayudha bhAva SharIra
dhIm tathAm ta dhIm tathAm ta tai
dhIm tathAm ta dhIm tathAm ta tai
dhIm tathAm ta dhIm tathAm ta tai - dhimi tadhimita kiTajhaNu-
dhRugunagu nAndari takunagu nandari dhimitatAgu dhimi tadhimita kiTajhaNu
vR.jakumAra mahimAlankAra vanamalA durandhara kR.takR.tAtAra
tajjham, tat- takajjham, tat- takaNNam, tat - takuRRam -tat
tAkuja namdari tatakuja namtari tAjanamtari tadhimita kiTajhaNu
tAkuja namdari tatakuja namtari tAjanamtari tadhimita kiTajhaNu
adbhuta nartana citrita mudrita vigna samudbhava madbhuta madbhuta
tAkuja namdari tatakuja namtari tAjanamtari tadhimita kiTajhaNu
tidiShuta kAla vidhisuta ShIla gatiShaya lIla dhR.tapada lOla
tAkuja namdari tatakuja namtari tAjanamtari tadhimita kiTajhaNu
tadhimi takiTa dhimitAta - dhimitakiTa dhimitAta - dhimitakiTa dhimitAta ta-
tA,- tatthOm, tat- thai, kiTatakatarikiTathom - tarikiTa tarikiTa
tAkuja namdari tatakuja namtari tAjanamtari tadhimita kiTajhaNu
tadhimi dhittayya tarikiTa tathA- jham, - athiShaya sukha nRbhutapadakarapAda jham,
sarasalOka muraLIrava nAtha sakalalOka sammOhana gIta
takkudhinnathaka dinnanthaka thaka tAthai tA.mga tAthai tA,
- dhRiga thaka thaka dinnattAM.ga tAthai tA.mga tAthai tA,
kadaMba kisalaya miLita nUpura padanjalitakR.ta pAdatthAm
tillAna, dhRiga tillAna dhRiga dhRiga tIllAnAkiTa tOmta-
tanNannangi-tatthom -tathai -tatthom -thaka
tAkiTa tarikiTa thAm,ta -dhIm, ta -thom, ta -thai, -ta
gajOra jabanda adbhudanga cirasi - calanam, calanam, kR.tanam, idanam, kR.tanam, ida-
candra vadangara kangkaNa kingkitaNangananam pada rada rada dhimi dhimi jhaNu jhaNu thAm ta-
dhAtta tillAnaga naga bhUshaNa takiTa taghastaDAya budakara mandas-
mitakara vara pUjita padayugaLa, hari-
jayavijayIbhava nandakumAra vR.jajana paramAnanda kiShOra
kAlIya naTanAnda ghambhIra karuNArasayuta bhAva SharIra
mada madhukara madhu padaraLa sama nayana kamaladaLa calana muni
hrdayam api cOra cAturA dayAkarA murAri ShrIkarA

6 comments:

nAradA said...

Just a correction in the name of the author of KALinga narththanam.
His name is "OoththukkADu VenkaTa Subbaiyer", popularly known as OoththukkADu VenkaTa Kavi (OVK)

Vijayagopal said...

Thanks.
i stand corrected.

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Sumana said...

Sir, thanks a million for sharing Needamangalam Krishnamurthy Bhagavathar's rendition of the Kalinga Nartana Tillana. I knew it was an HMV LP and I had been looking for it desperately. Thanks again!

Sir can you please tell me who Bhagavathar's accompanists are?

Thanks a lot.
Sumana

dinsisham said...

Very interesting reading. Thank you for the link to the mp3s :)

Nag Gopalan said...

My grand daughter, Maya, performed this Thillana, during her Arangetram in 2005 at Fremont, California.
I am proud of being a native of Needamangalam - Nagaratna Gopalan