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Vinayaka

Venkata Kavi has composed many pieces on Lord Vinayaka and has used various innovative descriptions to refer to him. There are four pieces in Nattai, but each of them cover different themes with contrasting usages. The brilliant masterpiece – Ekadanta Vinaayakam in Khanda Triputa is a slow weighty piece. In this, there are two beautiful madhyamakaalams in the anupallavi and charanam sections.

yaaga yoga japa tapa dhyaanaadi kaarya vara prasiddham sakala loka paalakam

sangeeta shaastra raaga taala bhaava pradam sadaananda sahitam

"One who is known for granting the best results for religious activities, meditation and penance; one who protects the world and one who also bestows knowledge of music, raga, tala and bhava with ever-lasting happiness."

veda nigama sakalaagama sannuta vitarana guna sheelam balam

veda vedaanta bodhaka chaturam vyaasa vinuta mahaneeyam vaaram vaaram vaaram

"One who is worshipped and given prominence in all ritualistic and religious tasks and has exemplary character and also enlightens us with the knowledge of the vedas and philosophy and is worshipped by Vyasa."

 

The songs Mummada vezha, Shree vighna raajam, Aananda nartana and Chintittavar are fast-paced songs that are filled with brisk madhyamakala passages. In Chintittavar nenjil iruppadu, Venkata Kavi has used more Sanskrit-like, last-syllable alliterations (antyakshara praasam) in a Tamil composition, which usually features only first or second syllable alliterations. He has played around with the syllable 'kshi' so beautifully in the madhymakalam section following the anupallavi.

kaakshi enattahum aakshi manattoru saakshi phalittidalaahi tiribhuvanam

aakshi shelittida ekaamra kaamaakshi kataakshittarula orukanamum

 

In Aananda nartana, which is another madhyamakala based song, there are passages where he has used jatis interspersed with svarams to portray the dancing Vinayaka. In Umamaheshvaraatmajam (Umabharanam), he has used gait change within the pallavi where tishram changes to chaturashram. Here is a list of the compositions (not exhaustive) on Lord Vinayaka.

ānanda narttana gaṇapatim

Aruna Sairam

Raji Gopalakrishnan

chintittavar nenjil iruppadu
ēkadanta vināyakam
gaṇanāyakan tuṇai
Lambōdara vikaṭarājam**
mummada vēzha

mummada vezha - nattai

Anahita Ravindran

mummada vezha - nattai

Chitravina N Ravikiran

pranavākāram
shree gaṇēshvara

K S Vishnudev

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shree vighna rājam bhajē

shree vighna rajam - gambheeranattai

Chitravina N Ravikiran

shree vighna rajam - gambheeranattai

Chitravina N Ravikiran

tōnṛuha tōnṛuhavē*
Tuṇaivarum vināyakanē**
umā mahēshwarātmajam
1
ānanda narttana gaṇapatim
Nāṭṭai Ādi

Aruna Sairam

Raji Gopalakrishnan

2
chintittavar nenjil iruppadu
Nāṭṭai Ādi
3
ēkadanta vināyakam
Nāṭṭai Khaṇḍa Tripuṭa
4
gaṇanāyakan tuṇai
Kēdāram Ādi
5
Lambōdara vikaṭarājam**
6
mummada vēzha
Nāṭṭai Ādi

mummada vezha - nattai

Anahita Ravindran

mummada vezha - nattai

Chitravina N Ravikiran

7
pranavākāram
Ārabhi Ādi
8
shree gaṇēshvara
Shaṇmukhapriya Ādi

K S Vishnudev

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9
shree vighna rājam bhajē
Gambheeranāṭṭai Khaṇḍa Chāpu

shree vighna rajam - gambheeranattai

Chitravina N Ravikiran

shree vighna rajam - gambheeranattai

Chitravina N Ravikiran

10
tōnṛuha tōnṛuhavē*
Nāṭṭai
11
Tuṇaivarum vināyakanē**
12
umā mahēshwarātmajam
Umābharaṇam Ādi