Jan 13, 2008

Raga Saramati

There is a kriti by Thyagaraja - Mokshamu galada bhuvilo jeevan that captures the essence of this ragam Saramati. It appears almost that this kriti should be heard at the end of one's life. Every syllable in the song reverberates the fundamental questions in life - will anyone who has not realised the Self ever realise You, my Lord?

It makes one wonder whether the ragam was decided after the lyrics were written or was the ragam decided before the lyrics. The kriti is so beautifully woven that it gives one an idea of the depth of Saint Thyagaraja's devotion and truly emancipated wisdom and creativity.

Now, how perfect would this song be on the lips of Mahatma Gandhi (from SaBarmati) as he says "Hey Ram" to the bullets of Godse. If Gandhi was into carnatic music, he would have sung "Mokshamu galada bhuvilo jeevan" at that moment and Godse would've quivered.

"Mari mari ninne moralida" from the film Sindhu Bhairavi is in Saramati too.

FYI - Saramati is also a mountain in Nagaland measuring about 3841 meters. It kind of reiterates that one needs to master the mountain of 'Self' to reach the Lord above.


Blogger reson said...

Hey man,
Whats up
This is moi reading your blog.
Yes, loved that movie, hated the ending. Remember how the hausfrau kept thinking of the clothes drying while learning music?

April 06, 2008 10:14 PM  
Blogger reson said...

well leaving comments aint easy_

April 06, 2008 10:16 PM  

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