Rise of Margazhi – Week 3

*DAY 30: Rise of Margazhi – The grand, divine finale* ๐Ÿš๐Ÿน๐Ÿ’

Sankranthi namaskarams to all๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ™

Pleased to welcome rasikas to the grand finale of our month-long series! Todayโ€™s episode is a harbinger of divinity and auspiciousness, featuring the following segments:

๐Ÿฆœ*Thiruppavai Poorthi*: Vid. Smt. Subhapriya Srivatsan, Sri. Hemmige Srivatsan & family

๐ŸŒž *Rise of Margazhi In a Capsule*

๐Ÿ™ *Anugraha Bhashanam*: HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji (Composer, Madhurageethams)

๐Ÿช” *Mangalam*: Madhuri Sakhi sameta Sri Premika Varada Thakurji @ Namadwaar Sydney, Australia


๐——๐—”๐—ฌ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿต: ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ต๐—ถ – ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽธ

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Vid. Smt.๐‘ฐ๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’“๐’‚ ๐‘ฒ๐’‚๐’…๐’‚๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’Š
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Featured ๐”๐”ž๐”ก๐”ฅ๐”ฒ๐”ฏ๐”ž๐”ค๐”ข๐”ข๐”ฑ๐”ฅ๐”ž๐”ช

*aLLa aLLa Kuraiyadha* ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
rAgam: chArukEshiย  tALam: Adi

Meaning:
O Krishna, please bless me with that untainted devotion that never diminishes. I must clearly experience in my heart that pure devotion that is without a tinge of any hypocrisy. I must offer personal service to You alone; I must forget all my other desires; I must understand well that this is indeed the highest penance; I must live in this world with complete detachment.

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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ Sez*โ€ฆโ€ฆIn the pasuram-of-the-day, _Chittranjiru Kaale_,the devotee brings out the spirit of surrender, eternal service and gratitude with her forte, the expressive element, or abhinaya. This is the perfect instance where the music and dance meld seamlessly to cascade the ultimate devotion that Andalโ€™s Thiruppavai and this Madhurageetham drip with.

A top-notch production, set in a stunning ambience with the strings of the *Navtar* (a new-age musical instrument) and a soulful vocal rendition make this a *MUST-WATCH* performance! Incidentally, this is the first time the Navtar makes its way in to a dance repertoire, and we are thrilled that this has happened through the Spirit of Margazhi channel! Enjoy the strings of devotion and revel in the nectar of Charukeshi for hours (perhaps days) following this treat!


๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐’๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐š ๐’๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฒ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ฆ ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽง

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๐ŸŒ€Vid. Sri. ๐‘ช๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’Š ๐‘น๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’‚ ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’‚
๐ŸŒ€Vid. Thiruvizha Viju. S. Anand – Violin
๐ŸŒ€Vid. G. Krishnakumar – Mridangam
๐ŸŒ€Vid. Vazhapally. S. Krishnakumar – Ghatam
๐ŸŒ€Kum. Swathi Renganath – Tambura

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Featured ๐•ธ๐–†๐–‰๐–๐–š๐–—๐–†๐–Œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–†๐–’

*Perumidham Adaindhen Venkatava* ๐Ÿšโš›๏ธ
rAgam: suruTTi tALam: Adi

Meaning:
O Venkatesha, I am indeed blessed to have attained Your presence, which is the most wonderful of all that is wondrous! When I am near You, I feel there is indeed no one who is as blessed as I am. O beautiful moon-faced Lord, I must eternally do bhakti to You, You must cut off my attachments and protect me, I must worship You intimately. O Creator of all, O Witness of all, O the Indweller of all, O Lord of all, O Omnipotent One, O Omniscient One, O the refuge of allโ€ฆ I have surrendered to You and feel immensely blessed!

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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*…..The sight of the presiding deity mentioned in this composition, Sri Kalyana Srinivasa Perumal of Maharanyam arriving in a purappadu (procession) and the aradhana to Him by devotees in this auspicious Dhanur month, sets the stage for this soulful Surutti Madhurageetham by this acclaimed artist! Surutti is not a popular raga, in that, it is not often rendered by musicians. A certain amount of musical scholarship coupled with creative imagination alone can do proper justice to it. Being the scholar that he is, the artist has demonstrated his versatility in this pristine rendition.

The final edition of Sapta Swarayutham in Rise of Margazhi is here for us to enjoy! ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽง

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐š ๐๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐š๐ฆ ๐ŸŽผโœจ

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Vid. Smt. ๐™†๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™– ๐˜ฝ๐™–๐™จ๐™ ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃโ€™๐™จ ๐™‰๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฎ๐™–๐™ง๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™– ๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฎ
๐ŸŒ€Smt. Nandida Variathody
๐ŸŒ€Kum. Sharada Murali
๐ŸŒ€Kum. Akshaya Ganesan
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Featured ๐•ธ๐–†๐–‰๐–๐–š๐–—๐–†๐–Œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–†๐–’

*Athi Viraivil*
rAgam: Ahiriย  tALam: tripuTa

Meaning:
O Krishna, please come before me very soon! How long will I struggle without beholding Your lotus face? You are my Master, You are my Lord, my allโ€ฆ why do You not look at me, your slave? To me, your devotee, who has surrendered unto You, who is helpless and pitiable – please remove my fear and distress with Your loving words.

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*Somu ๐ŸฆœSez*…….Three budding dancers from Natyarpana, two from Wisconsin, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ and one from Sydney ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ unite in this piece that is a plea to Krishna – to come before them right away, heeding to the devoteeโ€™s prayers. This Madhurageetham set in the relatively rare and ancient Ahiri ragam, has been brought to life by these dancers through their bright abhinaya, and subtle depiction of bhAvArtha. Although physically separated by miles, these dancers weave their nrithya so beautifully that they bring us a unified performance melding the differences in time and place. To top it off, music for this piece has been creatively orchestrated with some unique instrumentation!

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ซ๐ฒ๐š ๐๐จ๐ค๐ค๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฆ ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒน

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๐™Ž๐™ข๐™ฉ. ๐˜ผ๐™ก๐™–๐™œ๐™ช ๐˜ผ๐™ก
โ€˜PaamalaiyOdu PoomAlaiโ€™

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*Somu Sez*โ€ฆโ€ฆThe story of Andal and her unison with the Lord at the end of the pavan nOmbu hinges on the flower garland that she made for Rangamannar! The tradition is widely celebrated as Andal Kalyanam across the world for followers of this tradition! Keeping that spirit in mind, today, we are pleased to bring the Parambarya Pokkisham (traditional treasure) of garland-weaving to your homes.

Smt. Alagu sets the tone and beautifully articulates the steps involved in making a simple garland. In the footage, enjoy dancer Lasya Mavilapalliโ€™s beautiful _hasta prayOga_ (hand gesture) to depict the garland-making ritual in Mylapore, certainly a high point in the video for us! On that note, have you stopped to smell the roses today? ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŒน

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐š ๐๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐š๐ฆ ๐Ÿต๐Ÿน

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Smt. ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป

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Featured ๐•ธ๐–†๐–‰๐–๐–š๐–—๐–†๐–Œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–†๐–’ :

*Nama Ruchiyai Tharumaiya*
rAgam: kAmbhOdiย  tALam: Adi

Meaning:
O Hanumanji, the king of the monkeys, please come and bestow me with taste for [Ramaโ€™s] Divine Name. You who protected Sugriva, the king of the forest; the one who found Sita Devi; please give me taste for the Divine Name. O foremost of Sri Ramaโ€™s devotees, the pure One who has no lust or anger, the One who acts without any delay, please come on your own accord and protect me.

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*Somu Sez*โ€ฆโ€ฆA humble prayer to the mighty Lord Hanuman, beseeching Him to bestow us with the sweetest blessing of them all – Nama Ruchi, that He stands as a testimony for! The artist has beautifully portrayed that prayer and has wrapped this day up with a lovely Thiruppavai!

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐——๐—”๐—ฌ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ: ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ต๐—ถ – ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ ๐Ÿง†๐Ÿฅ˜

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Smt. ๐’€๐’๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’ ๐‘บ๐’–๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’“
In a โ€™Sacred Offeringโ€™

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*Somu Sez*โ€ฆโ€ฆThis is not your typical cooking show host. She exudes the warmth of your Amma or Athai sharing a treasured recipe with you, in a rather informal conversation over the _aduppu_. โ€œ_Vendhayam serthukko, odambukku romba nalladhu_โ€, theyโ€™d remark, as they flip the dosai over with a big dollop of sesame oil, citing that _nalleNNai_ is good for your joints! Just as Amma or Athai would share anecdotes from their memories, and just as they would caution you on potential snafus for a given recipe, so she does. In the process, and in a whiff, she transports you to the comfort of Ammaโ€™s _adukuLLai_ (kitchen) back home!

Hailing from the family of HH Kanchi Jayendra Periyava, this โ€œAanmeega Yogiโ€ has a treasure trove of prasadams, with stories and shlokams to share from each kshetram. How can this iconic prasadam from *Madurai Azhagar Koil* not be a part of our Margazhi menu in the next few days? Go ahead, try it and tag us if you do! ๐Ÿ™‚

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐——๐—”๐—ฌ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ: ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ต๐—ถ – ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽต

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๐ŸŒ€Indiana Brothers: ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž. ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ง๐™ซ๐™–๐™œ๐™ & ๐˜พ๐™๐™ž. ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™œ๐™
๐ŸŒ€Chari Sisters: ๐™†๐™ช๐™ข. ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™– & ๐™Ž๐™–๐™–๐™™๐™๐™ซ๐™ž
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Featured ๐•ธ๐–†๐–‰๐–๐–š๐–—๐–†๐–Œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–†๐–’๐–˜ :

*Ravinandini Karayil*
rAgam: rAgamAlikAย  tALam: Adi ๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒ•๐Ÿ’ซ

Meaning:

This beautiful Madhurageetham speaks of how Sri Radha Devi spends her entire day thinking of Sri Krishna and His leelas in everything she does. Right from the time her eyes bloom open in the mornings to the time they close at nightfall, and even as she dreams, she thinks constantly of Krishna, relating her every action to every one of His leelas and His qualities.ย ๐Ÿ’ญ

She wakes up with her eyes blossoming open with the thought of Sri Krishna. As she drinks milk, she dances delightfully, listening to stories of Krishna stealing milk and butter. As she bathes in the waters of the Yamuna, she thinks shyly that these are the waters that caressed Sri Krishna. Hiding in her heart the episode of Krishna hiding the gopisโ€™ clothes, she drapes her own clothes. As she eats, she recollects the vana bhojana leela in the forest. Reminiscing Krishna playing the flute, our chirpy Radhai plays the veena. Thinking of Krishna dancing on Kaliya, she too dances. She reminisces Krishnaโ€™s rasa leela with her sakhis. At nights, she gazes at the moon, and rejoices seeing Krishnaโ€™s face in it. Until she goes to sleep, she thinks and sings constantly of Muralidhara alone. And even in her dreams, she envisages Sri Krishna and attains immense bliss.

*Eppiravi vandhal enna*
rAgam: kApi ย  tALam: Adi

Meaning:
Whatever birth I may get, why do I have to ever worry now? For the Lord of Radha Devi is by my side! No matter whether I get a peerless human birth or some lowly birth that is of no use.. I have no reason to worry! If just once we get the touch of the dust of the feet of a bhagavata, the eternal Paramapadam is indeed ensured. I need no spiritual practice nor do I need to wallow in misery. What Muralidhara says is indeed the truth!

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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*โ€ฆ. At Camp SoMU, it is our firm belief that every deserving child practicing art and investing time in quality art, deserves a good platform to perform – whether itโ€™s in our dance productions or in our Margazhi festival.

On that token, today, we are pleased to present four youngsters, born and raised in the ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ who have spent a significant portion of their formative years learning and soaking in classical arts!

The very energetic Indiana brothers present a simply splendid Madhurageetham in Ragamalika detailing the supreme love that Radha Rani had for Krishna while the vibrant Chari Sisters assert that they are ready to brave any kind of birth while they have the Lord of Nappinnai on their side!

Enjoy these beautiful childrenโ€™s sweet offerings.

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐ƒ๐€๐˜ 22: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ค๐ค๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ข ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆœ

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๐Ÿš๐Ÿน: Chi. ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ง๐™ž ๐™Ž๐™ง๐™ž๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ (Thiruppavais)
๐Ÿ“š: Smt.๐‘ซ๐’†๐’†๐’‘๐’‚ ๐‘บ. ๐‘ท๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’Š (Story)
๐ŸŽจ: Smt. ๐‘ผ๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’‹๐’‚๐’ (Art)

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Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sezโ€ฆ. A beautiful pookaLam comes alive and the fragrance of divinity wafts through the air as little Hari sings a medley of Thiruppavais today.

In the audio-visual segment, Deepa ji leaves us with an apt, and poignant message for Margazhi, while shedding light on what really matters for us humans living in this spiritual realm, while Upasana ji casts her usual spell and brings bhooloka vaikuntam before our eyes, in the final home run of this series. ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿš๐Ÿนโœจ๐Ÿฆœ

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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PS: Please turn ON [CC] in YouTube for captions in English during the narration.


 

๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐š ๐๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐š๐ฆ

Ft: Kum. ๐™‰๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š๐™™๐™๐™– ๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™–๐™ข

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Featured ๐•ธ๐–†๐–‰๐–๐–š๐–—๐–†๐–Œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–†๐–’:

*Kadhai Kelu Kadhai Kelu* ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ“–
rAgam: madhyamAvathi tALam: Adi

Meaning:
๐Ÿ‘‚๐ŸผListen, listen, listen always to Sri Hariโ€™s Katha, with keenness and devotion, from those who tell the katha with devotion and dispassion.
๐Ÿ‘‚๐ŸผListen to the stories of Rama and Krishna, of Sri Hariโ€™s innumerable avataras, and the stories of His devotees, without letting time slip by, and you shall attain the fruit of Yoga, troubles shall diffuse and wishes shall fructify. It will remove all worries, fill the mind with peace, remove all misery, bestow bliss, and make the troubled heart leap with joy! If you internalize and contemplate on what you listen, and sing and speak about it, then knowledge, devotion and dispassion shall bloom and very soon you shall attain the highest state.
๐Ÿ‘‚๐ŸผListen to that Muralidharanโ€™s katha like King Parikshith did (with immense shraddha), like King Prithu did (who prayed for a 1000 ears), and like Hanumanji does (who goes wherever Hari katha is told).

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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*โ€ฆ. _Our first Canadian ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ artist on board, and surely a rising star keep on your radar! Nivedha embodies every aspect of pure, traditional dance – in angashuddham, in precise footwork, in clean nritta and tasteful abhinaya! A powerhouse of energy that she is, the artist presents this brisk piece with verve and elan, as she narrates the essence of Margazhi, and leaves us with a longing for more!_

_We started off the โ€˜Rise of Margazhiโ€™ dance series with invocatory items (pushpanjali, mallari et al), Andalโ€™s message through her Thirumozhi, traversed bhakti-steeped pasurams and Madhurageethams celebrating the Lord, ultimately surrendering at His Thiruvadi ๐Ÿ‘ฃ and also reveled in Shivaโ€™s ecstasy on witnessing Radha-Krishna in unison!_

Itโ€™s now time to encapsulate all of that and leave rasikas with the key takeaway message of Bhagavata Dharma, which is *_katha shravanam*_ i.e. listening to the Lordโ€™s stories, through art and art forms! ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ“–


๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ซ๐ฒ๐š ๐๐จ๐ค๐ค๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฆ ๐Ÿฅป๐Ÿงฃ

Ft: Vid. Smt. ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’…๐’š๐’‚ ๐‘บ๐’–๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’“, Founder: *_Krsaangi*_

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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*โ€ฆ.
_A unique segment detailing the story and myriad hues of Kanchipuram Silks. A plethora of gyaan ranging from the rich heritage, various hues and motifs as well as the significance of handwoven weaves articulated by this engineer turned entrepreneur and cultural ambassador. *DONโ€™T MISS THE SURPRISE* embedded in the segment and a fantastic opportunity to *WIN A HANDWOVEN KANCHIPURAM SAREE* for yourself or your loved one!!_ ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ’ž

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐——๐—”๐—ฌ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต: ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ต๐—ถ – ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐ŸŽญ

Ft: Vid. Smt. ๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™– ๐™‘๐™–๐™ž๐™™๐™ฎ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ

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Featured ๐•ธ๐–†๐–‰๐–๐–š๐–—๐–†๐–Œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–†๐–’:

*Thiruvadi Mahimayai Naan Arivene*
rAgam: kamAs ย  tALam: Adi

Meaning:
O Krishna, let me speak of the greatness of Your Holy Feet!

๐Ÿ‘ฃ The Holy Feet from where the all-purifying, divine Ganga emerged;
those Holy Feet that came on Their own accord to Bali and seized his surrender;
๐Ÿ‘ฃ those Holy Feet that restored to life the sageโ€™s wife (Ahalya);
๐Ÿ‘ฃ those Holy Feet that, in an instant, changed Kuchela (Sudhama), the poorest of the poor, to a Kubera, the richest of the rich;
๐Ÿ‘ฃ those Holy Feet that toppled Sakatasura in a moment with its light touch;
๐Ÿ‘ฃ those Holy Feet that danced on the snake and overpowered its ego;
๐Ÿ‘ฃ those Holy Feet that always protect me, Muralidharan.
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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*โ€ฆ.
_Exquisite portrayal of the mahima of the Lordโ€™s Thiruvadi that couldโ€™ve only been brought to life so gracefully by this artiste! The preceding Thiruppavai sets the tone for the Madhurageetham, that beautifully enunciates numerous episodes from the puranas where the Lordโ€™s Feet have cast Their magic spell! When Ramaji runs in as Krishna to embrace Sudama and washes his feet, you get transported to Dwaraka and simply lose yourself there! From that point on, you are in a trance! Enjoy the grace, poise and the vivid portrayal of each character in this loaded kriti!_

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐’๐š๐ฉ๐ญ๐š ๐’๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฒ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ฆ ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽง

Ft:
๐ŸŽ™Vid. Sri. ๐‘ฒ๐’–๐’๐’๐’‚๐’Œ๐’–๐’…๐’Š ๐‘ด. ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’Ž๐’–๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’“๐’Š๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’‚
๐ŸŽป Vid. Kum. ๐‘จ๐’Œ๐’Œ๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’Š ๐‘บ๐’–๐’ƒ๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’Œ๐’”๐’‰๐’Ž๐’Š
๐Ÿช˜Vid. ๐‘บ.๐‘ฒ. ๐‘น๐’‚๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’‚

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Featured Madhurageetham:
Paadaatha Naal Ellaam Paazhe ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ“ฟ
rAgam: reethigauLaiย | tALam: tripuTa

Meaning:
Every day that goes by without us praising Muralidhara, is indeed in vain.
You know not how to lead your life, and you choose not to worship the Lord. Of what use then are tears when time has rolled by? When the elephant (Gajendra) cried out to the Lord as he was drowning, he was saved in an instant. Do praise and worship – before it is too late – that Primordial Lord, who is capable of cutting off all bonds.

Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sezโ€ฆ.
๐Ÿ”” Thiruvallikkeni Kandene ๐Ÿ””
Todayโ€™s exquisite offering features:

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฝ A beautiful prelude by Sri Erode Balaji Bhagavatar on the backdrop for todayโ€™s choice of Pasuram-Madhurageetham pairing.
๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฝ Sri Balamuralikrishnaโ€™s unparalleled music, with wizardry in vocal techniques, measured aesthetic brigAs with uncompromising shuddham in sAhityam.
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝThe versatile vidushi Akkarai Subhalakshmiโ€™s boundless manOdharma and deep classicism on the violin coupled with her impeccable rAga improvisation for the pAsuram.
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸฝSri Ramanaโ€™s unique flavor on the Mridangam to complete this musical treat.

Get ready to travel back in time, to the divya desam Thiruvallikkeni (Triplicane) in our very own Chennai, through this divine musical offering!

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐——๐—”๐—ฌ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ•: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐Œ๐š๐๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐š ๐‘๐ฎ๐œ๐ก๐ข ๐ŸฅŸ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿณ

Ft:
Smt. ๐™…๐™š๐™ฎ๐™–๐™จ๐™๐™ง๐™ž ๐™Ž๐™ช๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™…๐™š๐™ฎ๐™–๐™จ๐™๐™ง๐™ž’๐™จ ๐™†๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™ฃ
In a ‘Sacred Offering’

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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*โ€ฆ. Many a stove lit, and many a delectable plate on everyday dining tables; the credit for that goes to Jeyashri ji for her traditional goodies with readily available ingredients, proactive tips and no-fail recipes! Today she presents a delectable sweet dish, _*a unique prasadam from Thiruparankundram Koil_*, for us to savor the nostalgia and recreate the delicacy at our homes!

Hereโ€™s to sweet endings and new beginnings as we commence yet another year in this decade! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ•‰

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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๐——๐—”๐—ฌ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ: ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜‡๐—ต๐—ถ – ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฎ ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜†๐—ฎ๐—บ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸฆŒ๐ŸŒŸ

Ft:
Vid. Smt. ๐‘ด๐’†๐’…๐’‰๐’‚ ๐‘ฏ๐’‚๐’“๐’Š
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Featured ๐•ธ๐–†๐–‰๐–๐–š๐–—๐–†๐–Œ๐–Š๐–Š๐–™๐–๐–†๐–’:

*Gacchati Radha*
rAgam: rAgamAlika | tALam: Adi

Meaning:
_This beautiful kirtan describes a lovely, unique Brindavana leela. Lord Shiva has come to Brindavan, and is performing severe penance there as Gopeshwara, in order to have darshan of the Sri Radha-Krishnaโ€™s divine leelas._ ๐Ÿฆš

_One day, as Radha Devi devoutly worships this Gopeshwara along with her sakhis, Sri Krishna tiptoes up to her, disturbs her worship and teasingly embraces her. Lord Shiva then appears there, ecstatic, as He has obtained the fruit of His penance. Sri Radha and Sri Krishna then sing, dance and worship Lord Shiva, and seeing this wonderful leela, all the celestials rejoice and shower flowers._๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒผ
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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*โ€ฆ. We have all heard of Lord Shivaโ€™s various tAndavams. This, however is a unique context wherein Shivaโ€™s unbound ecstasy is triggered by the _phalan_ of His own penance! The artistโ€™s role reversal between Shiva, Radha, Krishna and as the narthaki are stunningly seamless and effortless! Watch the _angashuddham_ and precision in her movements and be spell-bound by her imagination in the choreography! Coupled with the sprightly notes of Nalinakanthi at the end, may this piece leave you on a high for the next few hours, perhaps days! Happy Thiruvadirai!! ๐Ÿ”ฑโšก๏ธ



๐ƒ๐€๐˜ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“: ๐‘๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐š๐ณ๐ก๐ข – ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ค๐ค๐ฎ๐ฆ ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฉ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ข ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆœ

Ft:
๐Ÿš๐Ÿน: Chi. ๐™ƒ๐™–๐™ง๐™ž ๐™Ž๐™ง๐™ž๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™จ๐™–๐™ฃ (Thiruppavais)
๐Ÿ“š: Smt.๐‘ซ๐’†๐’†๐’‘๐’‚ ๐‘บ. ๐‘ท๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’Š (Story)
๐ŸŽจ: Smt. ๐‘ผ๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’‹๐’‚๐’ (Art)

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*Somu ๐Ÿฆœ sez*โ€ฆ. While Kutty Hari renders key Thiruppavais of the week as usual, the ambience for this segment deserves a special mention! This isnโ€™t an _agraharam_ nor a suburb in Tamil Nadu. At a home in California, thousands of miles away from Bharat ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ, this Bhagavata family recreates the glory of Margazhi in their very own dwelling to bring the _amudhu_ from divine pasurams to life each year – through Satsangam and Sangeetham! ๐Ÿ˜‡

Deepa jiโ€™s story-telling with Upasana jiโ€™s visuals continues to blow our minds – whether itโ€™s the detailed artistry on the cot, or the _dwarapalakaโ€™s_ karunyam shining through his eyes! Enjoy this auditory-visual treat from this in-house SoMU production!

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#KolamforKodhai:
โš›๏ธ: Smt. Sumathy Ramalingam
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PS: _Please turn ON [CC] in YouTube for captions in English during the narration._

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