Exploring Music, Travel of a Different Kind
Music to me is a soul search to inner being travelling across different emotions of love, devotion and peace. This post was triggered by a visit to a place outskirts of Chennai dedicated to Lord Sundareswarar located in Kovur near Kundrathur. The temple dates back to 7th century evident by the construction, sculptures and inscriptions. The magnitude and beauty of the temple gopuram says it all. What has this temple got to do with music must be the question in your mind now. This temple has been instrumental in bringing out 5 beautiful compositions from the great music composer Saint Tygaraja.
Legend says that the saint on his way to Tirupathi was asked to sing some songs on the local headman. Refusing the order, the saint moved on and was stopped by bandits. He explained that he was a poor man and had nothing to give them. The dacoits enquired about the two beings who threw stones at them from the palanquin. Realizing it must have been Rama and Lakshmana, the saint felt there was something special about the place and went back to the temple and composed 5 kritis know as ‘Kovur Pancharathnam’ (inscribed on the Raja Gopuram).
- “Ee Vasudha” (Sahaana Raagam)
- “Kori Sevimpa” (Karaharapriya Raagam)
Courtesy: arie lautenbach
- “Sambo Mahadeva” (Pantuvarali Raagam)
Courtesy :Siddharth Nair
- “Nammi Vachina” (Kalyani Raagam) and
Surprisingly could not find any performance on this except veena recitals. Any reason for not being available or if you have any rendering, do let me know in comment.
- “Sundareswaruni” (Sankarabharanam Raagam)
Courtesy : AmuthamMusicVideos
Even for this song, we found only this rendering by Ranjani Gayathri and no one else.
Given this fact, this temple must have been one of the celebrated ones being so closely located and in Chennai, though a bit outskirts by us. Evidently, the temple stands with minimum attention and seems to be supported only by locals. It is high time, we started giving the required attention to our heritage else we will lose precious symbols of our history.
Moving on, the question is where is Rama and Lakshmana in Shiva temple? It is our thought process, inference and the underlying devotion that personifies the Supreme. Classical music has always been associated with devotion and every composition can be called a shloka, hymn in praise of god and goddesses highlighting emotions emphasizing on grace, presence and salvation. Music to such compositions have been carefully selected to bring out the emotions, just cannot stop without appreciating the ragas providing life to the words which otherwise would not carry the impact the song has on us.
Music has been there from the Vedic periods, Sama Veda, one of the four Vedas, is nothing but musical chants highlighting the metric structure and sonic dimensions. Listening to it we can hear the meter moving from ascending to descending order as the recitation progresses bringing in a rhythm of coordination in our senses taking us to inner calm. This veda is considered the origin of Indian school of music and dance. Probably this is one of the reasons why spirituality has been the driving force behind Indian classical music and dance.
How music appeals to one is purely the mindset of the listener and how he approaches it. If he is here to learn the song or raga, he connects to catch up with the nuances. Impact of music on us lies more in the senses, emotions we carry within ourselves as we allow music to calm our mind and connect within.
Posted on January 24, 2016, in Art, Attractions, Heritage of Chennai, Travel and tagged blogger, Carnatic, chennai, classical music, kovur, music, pancharatnam, spiritual, temple, travel. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.