Ambujam Krishna

Carnatic composers (other than performing vidwans)
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rajeshnat
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Post by rajeshnat » 14 Sep 2006, 15:45

Ambujam Krishna - (born 1917 - died 1989) Ambujam Krishna graduated from Delhi University with a degree in Home Science. She was the daughter-in-Law of the Chennai Industrialist T.V.Sundaram Iyengar. Her musical training was under Karaikudi Ganeshan and Madurai Ganesha Bhagavatar. An extremely pious individual and an ardent lover of the arts, she composed in Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and MaNipravaaLam (two or more different languages in the same song). Her songs are noted for their imagination, chaste language, clarity of thought and inspired spontaneity. Her output has been published in four volumes under the title "Geetamala." The songs are not the result of planned execution but are rather a spontaneous outpouring of divine inspiration. Her approximately 600 songs have been set to tunes by many well-known vidwans like T.N.Seshagopalan, V.V.Sadagopan, Dr.S.Ramanthan, Madurai N.Krishnan, K.R.Kedaranathan, Semmangudi Shrinivasa Iyer and others who have brought out the bhava of the songs beautifully.
source : Karnatik.com

An interesting article that came up in The Hindu is
http://www.hindu.com/fr/2004/11/05/stor ... 720400.htm

Few quick questions:
Can we have some input on geetamala?

how they got tuned into what rAgas by whom would be nice?
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Post by ranjani33 » 14 Sep 2006, 15:49

Ambujam krishna's Enna solli azhaithal set to Ragam Kannada is a beautiful composition on Lord Krishna
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Post by kmrasika » 20 Sep 2006, 06:32

Ambujam krishna's Enna solli azhaithal set to Ragam Kannada is a beautiful composition on Lord Krishna
This was tuned by the late SSI. Avery nice composition.

I have heard a wonderful "punnagai onRE pOdumE" by ShEshagOpAlan, which I believe he tuned.

The Vani recording of Unnikrishnan's rendition of krishNA's compositions cite the name of the tunesmith for each item: (Refer 3/4 way down: http://www.myraaga.com/catalogDetail.as ... Type=ccvoc)
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Post by ksrimech » 20 Sep 2006, 09:52

enna solli azhaittAl was set to tune by Sri SSI in kAnaDa (not kannaDa).

Even Sri Musiri Subrahmanya Iyer tuned some kritis.
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Post by mohan » 20 Sep 2006, 11:39

Ambujam Krishna's "Om Namo Narayana" in Karnaranjani is tuned by Charumathi Ramachandran.
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Post by priyaram78 » 26 Mar 2007, 11:47

i am a new member of this forum. and i am so happy to read all the topics under various subjects. this site is really great.

thanks to the dear one who recommended this site to me.

i just love the song ' guruvayoorappane appan' written by Ambujam krishna set in reethi gowlai. is it possible to get the list of songs written by her ?

thanks,
priya ram
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Post by divakar » 26 Mar 2007, 11:53

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Post by Lakshman » 26 Mar 2007, 17:07

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Post by priyaram78 » 27 Mar 2007, 10:42

thanks a lot for the websites.
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Post by arasi » 30 Jan 2008, 20:54

GITAMALA-Volume 5.

A volume of Ambujam Krishna's compositions tuned by Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan is released tomorrow.
THARAKAM, a CD containing songs from the volume is released at the same time by Rajalakshmi Audio. Sumitra Nitin has rendered the songs. She will also give a concert after the ceremony.

Thursday, 31st January at Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, 179, Luz Church Raod, Mylapore at 6-30 in the evening.
Sumitra Nitin is accompanied by HN. Bhaskar on the violin, B. Ganapathiram on the mrudangam and S.Karthick on the ghatam.

Wish I were there...
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Post by rshankar » 01 Feb 2008, 20:23

gIrvANI - the (one who speaks the) language of Gods
kIr(a)vANI - (the one who speaks the) language of parrots/tattai mozhiyAL

The word in the pallavI lends itself to both interprettations!
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Post by vgvindan » 01 Feb 2008, 20:59

rs,
gIrVaNi - this word generally refers to Sarsvathi.
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Post by chitrathiagarajan » 03 Feb 2008, 00:36

Thank you for the lyrics.
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Post by arasi » 14 May 2008, 20:24

Just heard the Tharakam CD in its entirety. An interesting feature about it is the song 'eppaDi en manam pugundAyO?' in nATTakkuRinji. Ambujam Krishna's songs are in the tradition of the ALvARs, expressions of her visNu bhakthi, rAmA being the center of her lyrical outpourings. Here is an exception. It is a composition on Satya Sai Baba.
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Post by cacm » 14 May 2008, 21:36

Sri.S.Rajam has composed "Chittaswarams" to at least one of the compositions of Ambujam Krishnan. vkv
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Post by arasi » 15 May 2008, 00:16

All the songs contained in this new CD are tuned by Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan...

VKV,
I did not know about the song with S. Rajam's cittasvaram. Which song is it?
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Post by cacm » 15 May 2008, 00:44

Dear arasi,
It starts with Aparna ...Parvathi(?) & is in Nalina Kanthi. If you write me your address at [email protected] I can mail you his EXCELLENT CONCERT at TIRUCHI on 20th century composers . Fantastic concert too! As you know he practically knew & heard every one of them! vkv
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Post by arasi » 15 May 2008, 00:55

Thank you, VKV!
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Post by Lakshman » 15 May 2008, 16:16

vkv43034 wrote:
It starts with Aparna ...Parvathi(?) & is in Nalina Kanthi.
The song is by Kalyani Varadarajan (mudra is in the last line). Here re the lyrics:

aparNA pArvatI: rAgA: naLinakAnti. rUpaka tALA.

P: aparNA pArvatI AshritArti prashamanakari
A: krpAkari krshOdhari apAnga sundari shankari
(madhyamakAla)
navarasathara hAsinI namrajana sahAyini
naLina vAsini bhrtajana sAmrAjya pradAyini
C: kapAlO sahitE apAraguNa mahitE
nrpAlanutE kalyANI tapOmaya dAkSAyaNi
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Post by cacm » 15 May 2008, 19:20

Thank you! You are right. vkv
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Post by keyarkey » 11 Sep 2008, 18:31

Could any member give me the lyrics for the following song of Smt.Ambujam Krishna.It is reqd for my grand daughter who learns carnatic music in Canada.I am from Madurai,India

Ennai kaividalaguma Rama, Innum paaraamugama,
Ezhai ennai kaividalaguma Rama.
My email id is [email protected]. Hope someone will surely help me. Thanks.
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Post by murthyhmg » 18 Dec 2008, 10:42

Is 'tArATTu pADum ende madura gAnam kETTu' one of the compositions of Ambujam Krishna. Santhanam has rendered it in a private concert.
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Post by Lakshman » 20 Dec 2008, 03:56

It is not in any of the 4 books published so far. A fifth volume was supposed to be out soon.
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Post by nthek » 21 Jan 2010, 09:57

can some one translate this? or does anyone know a good book I can purchase online with her compositions and their english translation?

enna sholli azhaithal
rAgA: kAnaDA. Adi tALA.

P: enna sholli azhaittAl varuvAyO eLiyEn enranai inidu ATkoLLa
A: pannaga shayanA parama dayAkarA padam paNindEn sadgati peravE nAn
C: abhayamenra karikkudaviya nAmamO AraNangin mAnam kAttadOr nAmamO
aran manattiDai sadA japittiDum nAmamO avaniyOr uraiyttiDum Ayiram nAmattil

thanks! :)
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Post by rshankar » 21 Jan 2010, 22:57

Here you go:

pallavi
enna sholli azhaittAl varuvAyO eLiyEn enranai inidu ATkoLLa


Tell me, in response to which (enna) name of yours, that I call out (Solli) to welcome/invite (azhaittAl) you, will you come (varuvAyO) to admit me (enranai), a destitute (eLiyEn), into your good graces (ATkoLLa), my Lord?

anupallavi
pannaga shayanA parama dayAkarA padam paNindEn sadgati peravE nAn (enna Solli...)


Oh supremely (parama) compassionate (dayAkarA) lord, who reposes (SayanA) on the snake (pannaga) AdisEsha, I have bowed (paNindEn) at your feet (padam)! (In response to what name of yours that I call out to welcome/invite you will you respond/come) so that I attain (peravE) salvation (sadgati) [1]?

caraNam
abhayamenra karikkudaviya nAmamO AraNangin mAnam kAttadOr nAmamO
aran manattiDai sadA japittiDum nAmamO avaniyOr uraiyttiDum Ayiram nAmattil (enna Solli azhaittAl)


Should I utter the name (nAmamO) [2] that came to the help (udaviya) of the elephant (karikku) and granted it succor (abhayamenra) [3]? Or should I call out the name (nAmamO) [4] that protected (kaTTadOr) the honor (mAnam) of the lady (AraNangin), darupadi? Maybe I should call out the name (nAmamO) [5] that Siva (aran) meditates upon (japittiDum) constantly (sadA) in his mind (manattiDai)? Tell me, (in response to which one of the) thousand (Ayiram) names (nAmattil) of yours that people of this world (avaniyOr) chant (uraittiDum) (will you come to admit me into your good grace)?

FOOTNOTES
[1] gati itself means salvation/heaven etc, so sadgati means extremely good (sat) salvation
[2] The name the elephant called out was 'AdimUlam'
[3] abhayam - the stae of fearlessness that the lord offers - 'with me by your side, what have to fear?'
[4] draupadi called out 'krishNA'
[5] 'rAma' - According to the vishNu sahasranAmam, Siva explains to pArvati that the enunciation of the name 'rAma' gives the same benefit as that of ennunciating all thousand names (SrI rAma rAma rAmEti ramE rAmE manOramE | sahasra nAma tat tulyam rAma nAma varANanE ||)

EDITED - based on Sridhar and KMR's input.
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