Ponnaiah Pillai

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vgvindan
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Post by vgvindan » 21 Apr 2007, 22:32

I came across the beatiful Tamil song by (Tanjore?) Ponnaiah Pillai - I am giving hereunder the version found in the website - http://www.karnatik.com/c1161.shtml
- the Tamil version thereof, meaning and Transliteration in Devanagari, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The episodes connected with certain portions of caraNa are to be identified.

Version as found in the said website -
tandai taai
raagam: shhanmugapriyaa

56 shanmugapriyaa mela
Aa: S R2 G2 M2 P D1 N2 S
Av: S N2 D1 P M2 G2 R2 S

taaLam: aadi
Composer: Ponniah PiLLai
Language:

pallavi
tandai tAi irundAl ulagattil umakkinda tAzhvellAm varumO ayyA (petra) (tandai)

anupallavi
anda migunda shrI ambala vANarE arumaiyuDamnE petru perumaiyuDan vaLartta
(tandai)

caraNam
kallAl oruvan aDikka uDal shilirkka kAlin sheruppAl oru vEDan vandE udaikka
villAl oruvan aDikka (gANDhibhamenum) kUshAmal oruvan kai kODAlyAl veTTa
kUTTattil oruvan pittA pEyA ena tiTTa vIshi madurai mAran pirambAl aDikka
anda vELai yArai ninaindIrO ayyA
(tandai)

Tamil
பல்லவி
தந்தை தாயிருந்தால் உலகத்தில் உமக்கிந்தத் தாழ்வெல்லாம் வருமோ அய்யா பெற்ற (தந்தை)

அனுபல்லவி
அந்தமிகுந்த ஸ்ரீ அம்பல வாணரே அருமையுடனே பெற்று
பெருமையுடன் வளர்த்த (தந்தை)

சரணம்
கல்லால் ஒருவன் அடிக்க உடல் சிலிர்க்கக் காலின் செருப்பால் ஒரு வேடன் வந்தே உதைக்க
வில்லால் ஒருவன் அடிக்க (காண்டீபமெனும்) கூசாமல் ஒருவன் கைக் கோடாலியால் வெட்ட
கூட்டத்திலொருவன் பித்தா பேயாயெனத் திட்ட வீசி மதுரை மாறன் பிரம்பாலடிக்க
அந்த வேளை யாரை நினைந்தீரோ அய்யா (தந்தை)

Meaning
O Lord! Had you been endowed with Father and Mother (who bore You), would You have been subjected to these disgraces?

O Handsome Lord of cidambara! Had you been endowed with Father and Mother who bore You laboriously and brought up with pride, would You have been subjected to these disgraces?

While somebody pelts a stone at You, while someone else, to the horripilation, kicks You with a cappal, another one strikes with a bow called gANDiva, yet another, unflinchingly, cuts you with his hand-axe, somebody from the crowd abuses you 'mad' and 'ghost' and the King of madurA beats you flinging a cane - O Lord, prey tell me, whom did you think of at those times?

gANDIva - arjuna - http://www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/makira.html
kicking - kaNNappa - http://www.shaivam.org/nakannap.html
caning - building a bund for the flooded vaigai river (tiruviLaiyADal purANaM)

Devanagari
पल्लवि
तन्दै तायिरुन्दाल् उलगत्तिल् उमक्किन्द ताऴ्वॆल्लां वरुमो अय्या पॆट्र (तन्दै)

अऩुपल्लवि
अन्दमिगुन्द श्री अम्बल वाणरे अरुमैयुडऩे पॆट्रु
पॆरुमैयुडऩ् वळर्त (तन्दै)

चरणं
कल्लाल् ऒरुवऩ् अडिक्क उडल् सिलिर्क्क कालिऩ् सॆरुप्पाल् ऒरु वेडऩ् वन्दे उदैक्क
विल्लाल् ऒरुवऩ् अडिक्क (काण्डीबमॆऩुं) कूसामल् ऒरुवऩ् कैक्कोडालियाल् वॆट्ट
कूट्टत्तिलॊरुवऩ् पित्ता पेयायॆऩ तिट्ट वीसि मदुरै माऱऩ् पिरम्बालडिक्क
अन्द वेळै यारै निऩैन्दीरो अय्या (तन्दै)

Telugu

పల్లవి
తన్దై తాయిరున్దాల్ ఉలగత్తిల్ ఉమక్కిన్ద తాళ్వెల్లాం వరుమో అయ్యా పెట్ర (తన్దై)

అనుపల్లవి
అన్దమిగున్ద శ్రీ అమ్బల వాణరే అరుమైయుడనే పెట్రు
పెరుమైయుడన్ వళర్త (తన్దై)

చరణం
కల్లాల్ ఒరువన్ అడిక్క ఉడల్ సిలిర్క్క కాలిన్ సెరుప్పాల్ ఒరు వేడన్ వన్దే ఉదైక్క
విల్లాల్ ఒరువన్ అడిక్క (కాణ్డీబమెనుం) కూసామల్ ఒరువన్ కైక్కోడాలియాల్ వెట్ట
కూట్టత్తిలొరువన్ పిత్తా పేయాయెన తిట్ట వీసి మదురై మాఱన్ పిరమ్బాలడిక్క
అన్ద వేళై యారై నినైన్దీరో అయ్యా (తన్దై)

Kannada
ಪಲ್ಲವಿ
ತನ್ದೈ ತಾಯಿರುನ್ದಾಲ್ ಉಲಗತ್ತಿಲ್ ಉಮಕ್ಕಿನ್ದ ತಾಳ್ವೆಲ್ಲಾಂ ವರುಮೋ ಅಯ್ಯಾ ಪೆಟ್ರ (ತನ್ದೈ)

ಅನುಪಲ್ಲವಿ
ಅನ್ದಮಿಗುನ್ದ ಶ್ರೀ ಅಮ್ಬಲ ವಾಣರೇ ಅರುಮೈಯುಡನೇ ಪೆಟ್ರು
ಪೆರುಮೈಯುಡನ್ ವಳರ್ತ (ತನ್ದೈ)

ಚರಣಂ
ಕಲ್ಲಾಲ್ ಒರುವನ್ ಅಡಿಕ್ಕ ಉಡಲ್ ಸಿಲಿರ್ಕ್ಕ ಕಾಲಿನ್ ಸೆರುಪ್ಪಾಲ್ ಒರು ವೇಡನ್ ವನ್ದೇ ಉದೈಕ್ಕ
ವಿಲ್ಲಾಲ್ ಒರುವನ್ ಅಡಿಕ್ಕ (ಕಾಣ್ಡೀಬಮೆನುಂ) ಕೂಸಾಮಲ್ ಒರುವನ್ ಕೈಕ್ಕೋಡಾಲಿಯಾಲ್ ವೆಟ್ಟ
ಕೂಟ್ಟತ್ತಿಲೊರುವನ್ ಪಿತ್ತಾ ಪೇಯಾಯೆನ ತಿಟ್ಟ ವೀಸಿ ಮದುರೈ ಮಾಱನ್ ಪಿರಮ್ಬಾಲಡಿಕ್ಕ
ಅನ್ದ ವೇಳೈ ಯಾರೈ ನಿನೈನ್ದೀರೋ ಅಯ್ಯಾ (ತನ್ದೈ)

Malayalam
പല്ലവി
തന്ദൈ തായിരുന്ദാല്‍ ഉലഗത്തില്‍ ഉമക്കിന്ദ താഴ്വെല്ലാം വരുമോ അയ്യാ പെട്ര (തന്ദൈ)

അനുപല്ലവി
അന്ദമിഗുന്ദ ശ്രീ അമ്ബല വാണരേ അരുമൈയുഡനേ പെട്രു
പെരുമൈയുഡന്‍ വളര്ത്ത (തന്ദൈ)

ചരണം
കല്ലാല്‍ ഒരുവന്‍ അഡിക്ക ഉഡല്‍ സിലിര്ക്ക കാലിന്‍ സെരുപ്പാല്‍ ഒരു വേഡന്‍ വന്ദേ ഉദൈക്ക
വില്ലാല്‍ ഒരുവന്‍ അഡിക്ക (കാണ്ഡീബമെനും) കൂസാമല്‍ ഒരുവന്‍ കൈക്കോഡാലിയാല്‍ വെട്ട
കൂട്ടത്തിലൊരുവന്‍ പിത്താ പേയായെന തിട്ട വീസി മദുരൈ മാറന്‍ പിരമ്ബാലഡിക്ക
അന്ദ വേളൈ യാരൈ നിനൈന്ദീരോ അയ്യാ (തന്ദൈ)

Corrections and suggestions welcome
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Post by mahakavi » 21 Apr 2007, 23:31

Please visit http://www.chennaionline.com/musicnew/t ... song21.asp
for a discussion and commentary on this song supposedly authored by Ponnaiah Pillai. I too thought it was by Ponnaiah Pillai but an expert corrected me and he said it is by Gopalakrishna Bharathi. He produced a second or third caraNam which has the mudra balakrishnan or gopalakrishnan. The expert is one Dr. Pasupathy from Toronto and I trust him to be an authority.
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Post by vgvindan » 21 Apr 2007, 23:47

mahakavi,
The site seems to have been modified.
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Post by meena » 21 Apr 2007, 23:52

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Post by mahakavi » 22 Apr 2007, 00:48

Sorry, it was a typo. The ever-vigilant teacher, meena, caught it. Now I corrected it.
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Post by Lakshman » 22 Apr 2007, 01:19

The song is indeed by GKB. His mudra appears in the 3rd caraNa.

tandai tAi. rAgA: mukhAri /SaNmukhapriyA. cApu tALA.

P: tandai tAi irundAl ivvulagattil umakkinda tAzhvellAm varumO ayyA
A: andamil naTam sheyyum ambalavANarE arumaiyAghavE peTru orumaiyuDan vaLartta
C1: kallAl oruvan kaDindaDikka uDal padaikka kAlin seruppAl oru vEDan edirttudaikka
villinAl oruvan vandaDikka umadu tirumEni ennamAi nondadO ayyA oru
2: kUsAmal iDaiyan kaik-kODAriyAl veTTak-kUTTattil oruvan pittA pEyA enat-tiTTa
vIsi madurai mAran pirambAl aDikka anda vELai yArai ninaindIrO ayyA oru
3: shIlamillAdoru peN kAriyumizhalAccE sErndavaLum talai mIdEra eLidAip-pOccE
bAlakrSNan idaip-pArkkum paDiyAccE pAl arugilengaNum pArkkil iduvE pEccE
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Post by keerthi » 19 Dec 2008, 15:18

Ponnaiah of the tanjore Quartette, was a gifted vaggeyakara, and was the great-grand-uncle of Sangeetha kalanidhi Ponnaiah pillai. The two are often spoken of, as if they are the same person. Ponnaiah Senior was a disciple of Mutthuswami Dikshitar, and was AsthAna vidwan in the courts of Tanjore, Mysore and Travancore.
He was a master vaggeyakara, and explicitly declaims his devotion to His guru Mutthuswami Dikshitar, in at least three songs.

The songs are Sree guruguha murthiki ney dAsudaitini in Bhinna Sadjam(Dhenuka), SAtileni guruguha in Purvakalyani and MAyatIta swarUpini in Malavagaula, where he says Guruguha-swamiki ne dasudaiti.

Other masterpieces of this genius are :
- Ranganathude in SaurAshtra
- SarasAkshi in SailadEsakShi(sUlini)
- Amba nIlambari in nIlambari
- Sareku nee in chAmaram (Shanmukhapriya)
- Sree rajarajeswari (RamAmanohari)
- DInarakshaka in Ahiri
He has followed his illustrious guru in using ragamudra often and madhyamakala sahityam.
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