This wonderful kriti on Lord Ganesha composed by Saint Tyagaraja, is indeed a masterpiece in the Raaga Sowrashtra. This kriti is a part of “Prahlada Bhakti Vijaya” – a musical drama (opera) composed by Tyagaraja.
Here Tyagaraja urges all the devotees to worship (sevimparaare) Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha, the One who is worshipped by Lord Brahma, is coming dancing beautifully (Baaga Natimpuchu). ” Oh! Devotees offer your salutaions to Him” says Tyagaraja.
He having accepted the offerings – jack fruit, coconut and jambu fruit etc .. from his devotees, is coming here dancing with heavy resounding steps, with Sri Hari in his heart. Lord Ganapathy dancing in different rhythms and steps is being glorified by Tyagaraja (vividagatula dhithalaangumani). The kriti overflows with sweet devotion!
Sowrashtra is a sampoorna vakra raaga derived from the 17th mela Suryakantham. A raaga which evokes Bhakti is usually rendered in vilamba. Mangalam is usually sung in this raaga. Saint Tyagaraja is probabily the only composer to have composed a kriti on Lord Ganesha in this majestic raaga.
This kriti sung by the world renowned Carnatic Classical Music Vocalists Smt. Haripriya and Smt. Shanmukhapriya popularly known as Priya Sisters. Here’s the link..
shrI gaNapatini sEvimpa rArE shrta mAnavulArA
vAgAdhipati su-pUjala cEkoni bAga natimpucu veDlina
panasa nArikElAdi jambU phalamula nAraginci ghana tarambagu mahipai padamulu
ghallu ghallana nunci anyamu hari caraNa yugamulanu hrdayAmbujamuna nunci
vinayamunanu tygarAja vinutuDu vividha gatula dittaLAngumani veDalina
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