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Krshna

 

Every composer dedicates most of their compositions to their favourite deity or God. Lord Krshna has evidently been the favourite deity of Venkata Kavi, who is said to have gotten inspired by Lord Krshna's benevolent glance as mentioned in his composition – guru padaaravinda komalam (Abhogi).

paarvai onrile vilainda bhaagyamidu yaarukkumidu aridaanadu parimala sad (guru padaaravinda)

"I was singularly fortunate to obtain all this knowledge through the benevolent glance of my guru."

 

The intimacy and extreme devotion that he had for Lord Krshna can be easily observed by studying the huge variety of compositions that he has composed on him and the intricate details shared in his operas as well as one-off compositions on the Lord. Having spent most of his childhood in Mannargudi and a major part of his life in Oottukkadu, Venkata Kavi refers to the Kalinga nartana Krshna (dancing lord) in many of his compositions, almost like a secondary signature.

He has composed an entire opera based on the story of the Bhaagavatam starting with the Devaki-Vasudeva wedding and ending with the Krshna-Rukmani wedding. Many of the songs such as Aadaadu ashangaadu, Ashaindaadum mayil onru, Taaye yashoda belong to this opera.

Apart from the popular pieces on Lord Krshna such as Alaippaayude (Kanada), Paal vadiyum mukham (Nattaikkuranji), Svaagatam krshna (Mohanam), Pullaai piravi tara vendum (Chenchurutti), there are many other rare and exquisite pieces on Lord Krshna such as Ennadaan inbam kandaayo (Devagandhari), Eppadittaan en ullam (Neelambari), Ippadiyum or pillai (Ragamalika) that have been composed with stupendous imagination.

 

Here is a list of compositions on Lord Krshna covering a gamut of ragas and talas.

 

 

ābheera palla
āḍādu ashangādu vā

adadu ashangadu - madhyamavati

Maharajapuram Santhanam

adadu ashangadu - madhyamavati

Sudha Raghunathan

Chinmaya Sisters

Nithyashree Mahadevan

āḍi ashaindu varuhinṛān
āḍinān mādhavan
āḍinān narttanam
ādiyoru kālamadil
āḍum varai avar āḍaṭṭum
āgāma rājagōpāla
aḷḷudē manam
aridu aridu
aruḷāḷan tiramellām
ati nirupama

Chitravina N Ravikiran

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

Āyiram āyiram gōpiyarhaḷ**
aiyan allavō

Anahita & Apoorva

Chitravina N Ravikiran

aiyan karuṇai
āzhāzhi neela
bāla sarasa mura‌ḷi

Ravikiran's Vintage Virtuosos Ensemble

Akkarai Subhalakshmi & Sornalatha

Bhaja bhajarē**
bhaktar perumaiyē perumai
bhuvanamōha
chāmarōpachāram
Champakāraṇyē*
chōra chāturya leela
dāmōdara vaibhavam
enda vidattālum
ennadān inbam
eppaḍittān en uḷḷam
ettanaikkēṭṭālum
gānam krṣhṇa gānam
gaṇayāmi satatam
gōkulatteruvinilē
gōpa kumāra

Rudrapatnam Brothers

Sunil Gargyan

idu oru tiramāmō
Iḷa mukham kāṭṭi
inda vazhi
innamudu anna un
innum ninaittālum kaṇṇan
jaganmōhana sundarānga
jagatāmabhirāma*
jagatu rāma
kāḷinga narttana prabhāvam
kaḷḷamē aṛiyāda
kāmini kēḷi lōla
kaṇṇaittirandu
kaṇṇāzhi alai parava
kathaya kathaya
kiḍaikkumō kiḍaikkādō
koḍuttu vaitta
kōṭi janmāni
kṣhaṇamēva gaṇya
kṣhaṇattinil āhādō
kunṛin mēliṭṭa
lāli rājagōpālā
lōla gōpabāla
madananga mohana

S Sowmya

Bombay Sisters

madhura madhura

Ashwath Narayanan

Chitravina N Ravikiran

mahāshaya hrdaya
manadukkiniya gōpāla charitram
maṇi noopura dhāri
manjanamāḍa nee vārāi
marakata maṇimaya
mun sheida tavappayanē
mundi varum ishaiyil
Muraḷeedhara*
muttukṛṣhṇa

Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

nāda muraḷigāna
nāga naṭanamāḍum
nanda gōpala

Bhairavi & Malavi

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

nanda sukumāra
naṭavara taruṇi
Navaneeta taṇḍavākāram*
neela malar

Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran

Chinmaya Sisters (Uma & Radhika)

Neela jeemuta bālagōpāla*
neelavānam pōlilangi
neerada sama

Sudha Raghunathan

Bhairavi & Malavi

ninṛanda mayilonṛu
ninṛingunnaruḷ
niravadhika bhuvana
oyyārakkaṇṇan
oyyāramāha oyyāramāha
Pada sēvana
Pāḍavum tuṇivu*
pāl vaḍiyum
paravāsudēvam
poruḷāi iruppēnō
prēmaswaroopa
pullāi piṛavi

pullai piravi - jhunjhooti

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

pullaippiravi - jhunjhooti

Chitravina N Ravikiran

S Sowmya

Sudha Raghunathan

Puruṣha rājam udāram*
rādhē krṣhṇam
rādhika prāṇa nāyaka
rāga rasānanda
rāja rāja gōpāla
Rāja yōga abhinayam*
Rajata vainitaka*
rājeeva nayana
Ramaṇeeya lāvaṇya*
rāsa kēli
rāsalōka vaibhōga
rāsa maṇḍalam
rasika mahōttama
Rudra bāla*
sarasa guṇa ratna
Satya sankalpa*
satyam param

satyam param dheemahi - shankarabharanam

Chitravina N Ravikiran

satyam param dheemahi - shankarabharanam

M S Sheela

sharaṇam gōpa bālā
shatakōṭi manmathākāra
sholli kaḷippōm
sundara nandakumāra

Nisha Rajagopalan

Vintage Virtuosos

svāmi umakku
taruṇa māmuhil
tavamonṛum aṛiyāda
udaja gōpa
uruhāda manam

Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran

Chitravina N Ravikiran

Vanaja lōchana**
vanamāli svāgatam
vandē aruḷa
vandē nanda soonum
Vandu aruḷa**
vandu ninṛān
vāri vihāri
varuṇikka tiṛanillaiyē
vāsudēvāya namō namastē

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

Magizhan Paridhi

Vaiyam aḷandu
veḷḷi nilavinilē
vēṇugāna ramaṇa

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

D K Jayaraman

Viharati mama*
vijayasē vijayasakhē
vijayatē gōvinda
viṭa samavara
yāmuneeya teera
yārenna shonnālum
1
ābheera palla
Sāvēri Ādi
2
āḍādu ashangādu vā
Madhyamāvati Ādi

adadu ashangadu - madhyamavati

Maharajapuram Santhanam

adadu ashangadu - madhyamavati

Sudha Raghunathan

Chinmaya Sisters

Nithyashree Mahadevan

3
āḍi ashaindu varuhinṛān
Ābhōgi Ādi
4
āḍinān mādhavan
Nāṭṭai Ādi
5
āḍinān narttanam
Nāṭṭai Ādi
6
ādiyoru kālamadil
Gowrimanōhari Khaṇḍa Ēkam
7
āḍum varai avar āḍaṭṭum
Husēni Roopakam
8
āgāma rājagōpāla
Kēdāram Khaṇḍa chāpu
9
aḷḷudē manam
Suraṭi Ādi
10
aridu aridu
Maṇirangu Ādi
11
aruḷāḷan tiramellām
Shankarābharaṇam Mishra Chāpu
12
ati nirupama
Pantuvarāḷi Ādi

Chitravina N Ravikiran

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

13
Āyiram āyiram gōpiyarhaḷ**
Chārukēshi
14
aiyan allavō
Dēvamanōhari Ādi

Anahita & Apoorva

Chitravina N Ravikiran

15
aiyan karuṇai
Tōḍi Mishra Chāpu
16
āzhāzhi neela
Ārabhi Ādi
17
bāla sarasa mura‌ḷi
Keeravāṇi Ādi

Ravikiran's Vintage Virtuosos Ensemble

Akkarai Subhalakshmi & Sornalatha

18
Bhaja bhajarē**
19
bhaktar perumaiyē perumai
Nāṭṭaikurunji Ādi
20
bhuvanamōha
Dhanyāshi Ādi
21
chāmarōpachāram
Shuddhasāvēri Ādi
22
Champakāraṇyē*
Kharaharapriya Ādi
23
chōra chāturya leela
Gowḷa Ādi
24
dāmōdara vaibhavam
Dēvamanōhari Ādi
25
enda vidattālum
Kānaḍa Ādi
26
ennadān inbam
Dēvagāndhāri Ādi
27
eppaḍittān en uḷḷam
Neelāmbari Ādi
28
ettanaikkēṭṭālum
Bhairavi Mishra chāpu
29
gānam krṣhṇa gānam
Khamāch Ādi
30
gaṇayāmi satatam
bēgaḍa khaṇḍa tripuṭa
31
gōkulatteruvinilē
Chenchuruṭṭi Ādi
32
gōpa kumāra
Aṭhāṇa Roopakam

Rudrapatnam Brothers

Sunil Gargyan

33
idu oru tiramāmō
Bēgaḍa Ādi
34
Iḷa mukham kāṭṭi
Bēgaḍa Ādi
35
inda vazhi
Ānandabhairavi Ādi
36
innamudu anna un
Mukhāri Ādi
37
innum ninaittālum kaṇṇan
Keeravāṇi Ādi
38
jaganmōhana sundarānga
Mōhanam Ādi
39
jagatāmabhirāma*
Kanakavasanta Ādi
40
jagatu rāma
Malayamārutam Ādi
41
kāḷinga narttana prabhāvam
shlōkam n/a
42
kaḷḷamē aṛiyāda
Amrtavarshiṇi Ādi
43
kāmini kēḷi lōla
Nāṭṭaikuranji Ādi
44
kaṇṇaittirandu
Bilahari Ādi
45
kaṇṇāzhi alai parava
Kēdāram Khaṇḍa Ēkam
46
kathaya kathaya
Suraṭi Ādi
47
kiḍaikkumō kiḍaikkādō
Punnāgavarāḷi Ādi
48
koḍuttu vaitta
Nāṭṭaikuranji Ādi
49
kōṭi janmāni
Reetigowḷa Mishra chāpu
50
kṣhaṇamēva gaṇya
Bhoopāḷam Ādi
51
kṣhaṇattinil āhādō
Nādanāmakriya Ādi
52
kunṛin mēliṭṭa
Kāmbhōdhi Ādi
53
lāli rājagōpālā
Dēvamanōhari Ādi
54
lōla gōpabāla
Bhairavi Ādi
55
madananga mohana
Khamāch Ādi

S Sowmya

Bombay Sisters

56
madhura madhura
Aṭhāṇa Ādi

Ashwath Narayanan

Chitravina N Ravikiran

57
mahāshaya hrdaya
Ābhōgi Ādi
58
manadukkiniya gōpāla charitram
Nāṭṭaikuranji Ādi
59
maṇi noopura dhāri
Neelāmbari Ādi
60
manjanamāḍa nee vārāi
Reetigowḷa Ādi
61
marakata maṇimaya
Ārabhi Ādi
62
mun sheida tavappayanē
Bowḷi Ādi
63
mundi varum ishaiyil
Bhairavi Mishra Chāpu
64
Muraḷeedhara*
Shree Ādi
65
muttukṛṣhṇa
Jhunjhooṭi Ādi

Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

66
nāda muraḷigāna
Hameerkalyāṇi Ādi
67
nāga naṭanamāḍum
Bilahari Roopakam
68
nanda gōpala
Ābhēri Ādi

Bhairavi & Malavi

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

69
nanda sukumāra
Darbār Mishra chāpu
70
naṭavara taruṇi
Kaṇṇaḍagowḷa Ādi
71
Navaneeta taṇḍavākāram*
Mangaḷakaishiki Ādi
72
neela malar
Vasanta Ādi

Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran

Chinmaya Sisters (Uma & Radhika)

73
Neela jeemuta bālagōpāla*
Ārabhi Ādi
74
neelavānam pōlilangi
Mānji Mishra chāpu
75
neerada sama
Jayantashree Ādi

Sudha Raghunathan

Bhairavi & Malavi

76
ninṛanda mayilonṛu
Nāṭṭai Khaṇḍa Ēkam
77
ninṛingunnaruḷ
Bilahari Ādi
78
niravadhika bhuvana
Harikāmbhōdhi Ādi
79
oyyārakkaṇṇan
Māḷavam Ādi
80
oyyāramāha oyyāramāha
Sāranga Ādi
81
Pada sēvana
Deeparam Ādi
82
Pāḍavum tuṇivu*
Dhanyāshi Ādi
83
pāl vaḍiyum
Nāṭṭaikurunji Ādi
84
paravāsudēvam
Mandāri Ādi
85
poruḷāi iruppēnō
Yadukulakāmbhōdhi Ādi
86
prēmaswaroopa
Ānandabhairavi Ādi
87
pullāi piṛavi
Jhunjhooṭi Ādi

pullai piravi - jhunjhooti

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

pullaippiravi - jhunjhooti

Chitravina N Ravikiran

S Sowmya

Sudha Raghunathan

88
Puruṣha rājam udāram*
Nāṭṭai Ādi
89
rādhē krṣhṇam
Husēni Ādi
90
rādhika prāṇa nāyaka
Kuntaḷavarāḷi Ādi
91
rāga rasānanda
Hamsageervāṇi Ādi
92
rāja rāja gōpāla
Mānji Ādi
93
Rāja yōga abhinayam*
Kēdāragowḷa Roopakam
94
Rajata vainitaka*
Chāyātarangiṇi Ādi
95
rājeeva nayana
Darbār Ādi
96
Ramaṇeeya lāvaṇya*
Mukhāri Ādi
97
rāsa kēli
Kharaharapriya Ādi
98
rāsalōka vaibhōga
Tōḍi Ādi
99
rāsa maṇḍalam
Ārabhi Ādi
100
rasika mahōttama
Sarasāngi Mishra Chāpu
101
Rudra bāla*
Nāṭṭaikurunji Ādi
102
sarasa guṇa ratna
Shāmā Ādi
103
Satya sankalpa*
Navarōj Ādi
104
satyam param
Shankarābharaṇam Ādi

satyam param dheemahi - shankarabharanam

Chitravina N Ravikiran

satyam param dheemahi - shankarabharanam

M S Sheela

105
sharaṇam gōpa bālā
Maṇirangu Mishra Chāpu
106
shatakōṭi manmathākāra
Ānandabhairavi Ādi
107
sholli kaḷippōm
Kuntaḷavarāḷi Ādi
108
109
sundara nandakumāra
Madhyamāvati Ādi

Nisha Rajagopalan

Vintage Virtuosos

110
svāmi umakku
Mōhanam Ādi
111
taruṇa māmuhil
Ārabhi Ādi
112
tavamonṛum aṛiyāda
Gowrimanōhari Ādi
113
udaja gōpa
Umābharaṇam Ādi
114
uruhāda manam
Tōḍi Ādi

Anahita & Apoorva Ravindran

Chitravina N Ravikiran

115
Vanaja lōchana**
116
vanamāli svāgatam
Nāṭṭaikurunji Ādi
117
vandē aruḷa
Shreeranjani Ādi
118
vandē nanda soonum
Kaṇṇadamāruvam Ādi
119
Vandu aruḷa**
120
vandu ninṛān
Simhēndramadhyamam Ādi
121
vāri vihāri
Kuntaḷavarāḷi Ādi
122
varuṇikka tiṛanillaiyē
Nāyaki Ādi
123
vāsudēvāya namō namastē
Shahāna Ādi

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

Magizhan Paridhi

124
Vaiyam aḷandu
Nādanāmakriya Mishra Chāpu
125
veḷḷi nilavinilē
Aṭhāṇa Roopakam
126
vēṇugāna ramaṇa
Tōḍi Mishra chāpu

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

D K Jayaraman

127
Viharati mama*
Athāṇā Ādi
128
vijayasē vijayasakhē
Sarasvati Ādi
129
vijayatē gōvinda
Asāvēri Mishra chāpu
130
viṭa samavara
Vasanta Ādi
131
yāmuneeya teera
Ānandabhairavi Khaṇḍa Tripuṭa
132
yārenna shonnālum
Maṇirangu Ādi