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Other themes and personalities

 

Venkata kavi's knowledge and affinity to various deities extend beyond the deities covered in the above menus. Some of the other themes and personalities have been mentioned below.

 

Vishnu: Even though, we can group all the songs composed on Lord Krshna and Rama under Lord Vishnu, since they are his incarnations, there are a few compositions that this master composer has directly addressed to Lord Vishnu. One of them is the second saptaratna – Aganita mahimaadbhuta leela (Gowla). Madhava panchakam, a set of verses (shloka) on Vishnu is equally noteworthy.

 

Ranganatha: Ranganaatham anisham (Gambheeranattai) is a magnificent masterpiece that is composed with multiple charanams with svara-sahityam sections, similar to the saptaratnas or Tyagaraja's pancharatnams. He has composed a set of verses dedicated to Lord Ranganatha which are set in a meter of five units (khanda gati), known as the Ranganaatha panchakam.

 

Parthasarathy: Parthasarathy (Arjuna's charioteer) was worshipped by Venkata kavi through his songs composed at the temple in Triplicane, Chennai. Some of them include Paarthasaarathy parama dayaanidhi (Surati), Tedi arula vandaan (Arabhi), Gatiyaaha vendum (Surati).

 

Nrsimha: This avatara of Vishnu, is always associated with a lot of ferocity and Venkata kavi brings out this aspect in his verses (shloka) dedicated to Lord Nrsimha known as the Nrsimha panchakam beginning with the words, Tapta kaanchana.

 

Parashurama: Perhaps, Venkata kavi is the only composer to have composed about Parashurama, another fiery incarnation of Vishnu. This composition (kodaariyai pidittaar) has not been published yet but finds a mention in the manuscript of Shri Needamangalam Krishnamurthy Bhagavatar.

 

Uddhava: Venkata kavi has paid tribute to this faithful devotee of Lord Krshna through his composition, Sholla valleno (Shuddhasaveri). This again could perhaps be the only piece on Uddhava in Carnatic literature.

 

Yamuna: The sacred Yamuna is often closely associated with Lord Krshna's pranks and this composer has dedicated some compositions to this sacred river too. Amudanukku amudoottum (Yamunakalyani) and Ramaneeya yamuna tataakam (Neelambari) are examples of this.

 

Venkata Kavi has also composed pieces on Vithala, the Sun god (Soorya) and one-off compositions on great personalities such as Vyasa, Shuka mani, Jayadeva, Valmiki and other themes such as the value and importance of music and nature, the greatness of Daskha yagam, the incomparable devotion to Hari, about the signifiance of Bhagavatam etc.

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agaṇita mahimādbhuta
Gowḷa Ādi

Anahita & Apoorva

IFCM vocal-instrumental ensemble

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allikkēṇikkarai tēḍi
Kharaharapriya Ādi
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amudanukku amudooṭṭum
Hameerkalyāṇi Ādi
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bhajanāmrta paramānanda
Nāṭṭai Ādi

bhajanamrta - nattai

Chitravina N Ravikiran

bhajanamrta - nattai

Vintage Virtuosos

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bhakti paṇṇādirukkalāmō
Keeravāṇi Ādi
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bhakti yōga sangeeta
Kharaharapriya Ādi
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bheema nadikkaraiyil
Gowrimanōhari Ādi
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engum iyarkai maṇam
Saptarāgamālika Ēkam
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gatiyāha vēṇḍum*
Suraṭi
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gōvindan avatāram
Ārabhi Ādi
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iduvē phalan āmōḍi
Dhanyāshi Ādi
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kai varishaikkāṭṭādeer
Husēni Ādi
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kaṇḍum kāṇādadu pōl
Rāgamālika Ādi
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koḷḷāda āshai
Bilahari Mishra Chāpu
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mā bhāratam**
Khamāch
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nāma sukha sutā
Siddhasēna Ēkam
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nee sheida upakāram
Umābharaṇam Ādi
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padmāvati ramaṇam
Poorvikalyāṇi Mishra Chāpu

Akkarai Sisters

Madurai T N Seshagopalan

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padmini vallabha
Dhanyāshi Ādi
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pāṇḍuranga viṭhala
Chāyātarangiṇi Roopakam
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pārthasārathi
Suraṭi Roopakam
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patita pāvanam
Shuddhasāvēri Ādi
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pazhamō pazhamō
Gowrimanōhari Ādi

Bhairavi & Malavi

Nithyasree Mahadevan

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prasanna gōpāla
Jhunjhooṭi Mishra Aṭa
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ramaṇeeya yamunā
Neelāmbari Mishra Chāpu
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ranganātham anisham
Gambheeranāṭṭai Ādi
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shollavallēnō
Shuddhasāvēri Ādi
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shreenivāsa chintayēham
Gowḷa Ādi
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svāmi showrirāja
Simhēndramadhyamam Ādi
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tāḷē sharaṇam**
Tōḍi
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tēḍi aruḷa vandān
Ārabhi Ādi
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Tiruvarangam enṛu**
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vandē kavilōka
Reetigowḷa Mishra Chāpu
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vandē vālmiki
Aṭhāṇa Ādi
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vaṇṇam tihazh
Husēni Roopakam
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yārum iyalāda
Gowrimanōhari Khaṇḍa chāpu