Thursday, November 30, 2006

Once more?

Someone told me this anecdote about how a singer was singing Sabhapathiku veru dheivam (composition of Gopalakrishna Bharathi in the raga Abhogi) in a concert. The charanam of the song goes like this:

'Oru tharam Sivachidambaram endre uraithal podhume'

Translation: It's enough to utter Sivachidambaram once (to attain salvation).

There are a number of sangathis (subtle variations) in this line and it's repeated a few times. The mridangam vidwan whispered "Oru dhadava sonna podhumnu sollitu naal anju dhadava sollitele". (You said it was enough to utter it once but you have already uttered it 4 to 5 times).

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