Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi (OVK)

Carnatic composers (other than performing vidwans)
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Post by ifcm_rfi » 16 Jan 2007, 08:30

Here is another excellent composition. It is fairly well known but the word flow is remarkable. The pallavi and anupallavi are in tisra gati. The charanam is mostly in chaturashram but goes to tisram in the last line.

- Bhargavi


svAgatam krSNA. rAgA: mOhana. Adi tALA.

P: svAgatam krSNA sharaNagatam krSNA
mathurApuri sadanA mrdu kathanA madhusUdanA iha

A: bhOgadApta sulabhA supuSpa gandha kaLabA kas-
tUri tilaka mahipA mamakAnta nandagOpa kanda

C: muSTikAshUra cANUra malla malla vishArada kuvalayApITha
mardana kALinga nartana gOkula rakSaNa sakala sulakSaNa dEva
shiSta jana pAla sankalpa kalpa kalpa shatakOTi asama parAbhava
dhIra munijana vihAra madana sukumAra daitya samhAradEva
madhura madhura rati sAhasa sAhasa vrajayuvatI jana mAnasa pUjita

Jati: sa dha pA ga ri pa ga ri sa dha sA dhit takajhaNu tAm takajhaNu tAm tattit takajhaNu tAm (tisragati)
takatari kuku taNa kiTataka dhIm takatari kuku taNa kiTataka dhIm takatari timu taNa kiTataka

Meaning:

P: Oh Lord Krishna ! I do invite You unto this mundane world, once again, surrendering myself unto You totally. You are soft and tender faced, sweet-speaking, resident of Mathura, have vanquished demons like ‘Madhu,’.

A.P: You bestow pleasures and comforts (bhoga da), are accessible to your friends, smell of sweet flowers have kasturi musk on your forehead. Oh Son of Nandagopa, my master! I welcome You.

C: You established your supremacy in boxing and wrestling, destroying experts like Mushtika, Chaanoora and also the elephant Kuvalayapeetha. You subdued Kalinga, by dancing on his head. Protector of cowherds, you are endowed with all noble qualities. You offer refuge to your devotees, are bold, revel in the company of saints, creator of kalpas (a 4-era cycle of over 400 million years) and you have been unequaled through Time. Oh, handsome Lord, you gave much pleasure to the damsels in Brindavan, who worship you. I welcome You.
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#52

Post by vasya10 » 19 Jan 2007, 02:47

One another treasure of OVK's is in the Saptaratna-s commercial CD by Ravikiran's Group (Vintage Virtuoso).

Pretty much set in the type of Tyagaraja's pancharatna, some of the kritis are truly wonderful. In one kriti (bhajanAmruta/nAta) he mentions lot of the bhaktas. In another (Alavadennalo/pharas) he mentions all the 63 nayanmars set in a beautiful melody. I would probably classify the Alavadennalo as "100 must things to listen before dying" :-)

In another kriti (not part of saptaratna) padmAvati ramanan (purvikalyANi) he praises jayadEva and his works.

He may have become a reclusive bhakta in later years, but he must have acquired a lot of knowledge by travelling around (just my conjecture).
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#53

Post by nadhasudha » 13 Feb 2007, 06:19

Are there any renderings of Oothukadu kritis by MSS available on the Internet? If any of you know of such sites where it is available, please post information. Thanks
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#54

Post by Ponbhairavi » 15 Feb 2007, 05:11

I do not remember to have ever heard smt MSS sing any OOthukadu krithi. It sounds preposterous but I wish I am proved wrong.
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Post by Ponbhairavi » 21 Feb 2007, 02:35

I am surprised to find that there is no posting in this subject althoughthere are very knowledgeable people in our membershipMay be it confirms my apprehension - though unbelievable- that Smt MSS has not sung any composition of OOthukadu.Why so is a big question. rajagopalan
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Post by rshankar » 21 Feb 2007, 05:09

Until fairly recently, OVK's compositons were considered 'fit' only for dances. Part of the problem maybe that the compositions were 'sold' to a naTTuvanAr for his use, and he used them for choreographing. So, it is possible that Smt. MSS did not sing them because they were not part of a concert artist's repertoire. HOWEVER, since Smt. MSS routinely sang when Radha (Sri Sadasivam's daughter) and Anandi (Sri Kalki's daughter) danced, it is possible that she may have rendered them. I have heard that halls used to be full when the duo performed, in part because Smt. MSS was the singer. If anyone has recordings of the dance performances of this duo it may be possible to check if she has rendered OVK's compositions.
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Post by baboosh » 14 Mar 2007, 20:29

rshankar wrote:Until fairly recently, OVK's compositons were considered 'fit' only for dances. Part of the problem maybe that the compositions were 'sold' to a naTTuvanAr for his use, and he used them for choreographing. So, it is possible that Smt. MSS did not sing them because they were not part of a concert artist's repertoire. HOWEVER, since Smt. MSS routinely sang when Radha (Sri Sadasivam's daughter) and Anandi (Sri Kalki's daughter) danced, it is possible that she may have rendered them. I have heard that halls used to be full when the duo performed, in part because Smt. MSS was the singer. If anyone has recordings of the dance performances of this duo it may be possible to check if she has rendered OVK's compositions.
Gowri Ramnarayan daughter of Anandhi can possibly clarify or Radha visvanathan can clarify
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Post by gowri narayanan » 09 Apr 2007, 17:44

here is a kriti of OVK in sahana adi
p:SaraNam yaami Sri santaana raama swaami twaamaham

a.p.:sarasija nayana kodanDapaaNi
dhara vitaraNa guNa janakajaaramaNa
sowbhagya varada nipuNa

ch:bhajamaana satya madhura mrudutara vacana nata sajjana
nijadaasa kumuda nicaya hita caraNa Sruti ramaNa
aja vamSa tilaka saarvabhowma ayodhya nagara sadana
(madhyama kala sahityam)
nija karadhruta kalamba gambhira nitijaa kuca kumkuma sindura
bhuja ankita candana Srungaara sputa bhandhana lambita thuniRa
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Post by gitapriya » 12 Apr 2007, 08:33

gowri: Do you have an audio rendition of this krithi that you can share with us?
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Post by gowri narayanan » 17 Apr 2007, 18:16

i am sorry i don't have the audio.i think the nephew and niece of needamangalam bhagavatar used to sing this.
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#61

Post by Lakshman » 17 Apr 2007, 21:09

OVK's song lyrics are available at this site as well:
http://www.geocities.com/vc_sekaran/
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Post by kmrasika » 21 Apr 2007, 08:31

mADu mEkkum kaNNE rendered by Aruna Sairam. UtukkADu had the penchant to compose in folk tunes and this is one of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAvNsc1HcWs
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#63

Post by rshankar » 21 Apr 2007, 08:33

mADu meikkum kaNNe is NOT OVK's AFAIK..what is your evidence that it is his?
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Post by rshankar » 21 Apr 2007, 08:36

We had a lengthy discussion on this on the erstwhile sangeetham BB - this is a beautiful song that has been delectably choreographed by Priyadarshini Govind!
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#65

Post by meena » 21 Apr 2007, 08:38

Madu meikkum kanna unakku the composer is 'unknown' - acc. to Lji's Desh songlist on this forum.
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Post by kmrasika » 22 Apr 2007, 08:19

rshankar: Sorry I didn't catch your post earlier. I actually saw the text for the song in a book I wish I had bought at a bookshop in Chennai. If I remember correctly, it attributed some of these kinds of compositions to UtukkADu. Nonethelss, at least now I know the song is apocryphal as being UtukkADu's. Despite this, I'm sure you'd agree watching the video Aruna and her acoompanying musicians had some fun in performing this item.
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Post by rshankar » 22 Apr 2007, 09:20

In an audio from another concert where she sang this piece, Aruna Sairam, says that this is a 'traditional' composition...not Oothukkadu's - the tamizh is certainly not up to Sri OVK's caliber...NOT that he did not compose kAvaDi cindu's!
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Post by thanjavur » 22 Apr 2007, 09:54

humdinger wrote:OVK's Navaavarna Krithis
I happened to listen to these krithis at Sri Kamakshi Temple at kanchipuram and liked them immensely. I was told these are called kAmAkshi navAvarnams. Visit this link for lyrics:
http://sridhar107.tripod.com/

Would like to know if any recordings are available...
Nada Anuboothi
http://home.sprynet.com/~dsivakumar/music/intromus.htm

Music Categories > Carnatic - Vocal > Composers O... > Oothukadu Venkatasubba Iyer
has the following tracks,

Ayiram ayiram by MLV
Madananga Mohana by KJY
Thaye Yasoda by MMI
Thillana (in Surutti) by Vijay Siva
Thillana (in Sindhubhairavi) by TNS
Vaangum Enakku by Vijay Siva
Vanduketpar by TNS

Music Categories > Carnatic - Vocal > Song Title S...
has the track,

Sadananada (mayi chinmayi) by KVN
(Lyrics, Meaning, Translation @ http://sridhar107.tripod.com/#6N)
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Post by rshankar » 22 Apr 2007, 14:34

Ayiram Ayiram - Lji is that OVK's?

I have it as KNDP's composition.
I think part of the problem is that any tamizh composition on kriSNa is attributed to OVK!
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#70

Post by meena » 22 Apr 2007, 23:23

Ayiram ayiram gopiyargal-Charukesi-Adi-OVK
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#71

Post by thanjavur » 13 May 2007, 00:39

You can listen to the one and only Pithukuli Murugadas sing the following OVK compositions,

Adadhu asangadhu - Madhyamavathi - Adi
Alai payudhe - Kanada - Adi
Madhura madhura - Atana - Adi
Paal vadiyum - Nattaikurinji - Adi

at Nada Anuboothi
Music Categories > Devotional - Songs > Composers O... > Oothukadu Venkatasubba Iyer
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Post by thanjavur » 18 May 2007, 08:03

The Mystic Bard of Oothukkadu by Dr. Sulochana Rajendran
Besides Solkattu Swaras which exude Sahitya perception he was an ace spinner of Gati Bheda sequences. "Vitasamavara Jata" (Vasantha), Nada Murali Gana Vilona" (Hameer Kalyani) the Abhogi Saptaratna are some examples. It is learnt that the kriti in Vasanta which courses through the lilting Tisra Khanda, Chatusra Gatis, is sung at the commencement of Gokulashtami festival at the Nartana Krishna Temple in Oothukkadu.
Has anyone heard this kriti being sung ? Is it available in any commercial recording ?
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#73

Post by thanjavur » 19 May 2007, 08:27

Dear Lakshman :
Please post a list of OVK compositions.

Thanks
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#74

Post by dancingmaiden » 30 May 2007, 21:48

I wonder if there are any contemporary (in the past 200 years) composers who can claim - like OVK did - that they learnt music directly through a spiritual revelation.
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#75

Post by mahakavi » 30 May 2007, 23:07

I remember reading one of the interviews with BMK that he was self-taught in singing as well as composing.
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