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VenkatachalaNilayamVaikuntaPuravasam is a divine composition of Saint Purandaradasa in sanskrit. It is often mistook as one of Annamacharya’s sankeertana. The invaluable gem from the treasure of Puranadara Dasa ‘Dasa Nama Sankeertanas, Venkatachalanilayam is one of the most popular compositions of Purandara Dasa. Purandara Dasa is believed to have composed around 4,75,000 Sankeertanas, a figure unbelievable for a human capacity! But only a thousand of them were traced and popularised by his lineage and students.

Venkatachalanilayam is the abode of Lord Venkateswara on the sacred seven hills of Tirumala. Purandara Dasa describes the Lord as the one who is lotus-eyed, a quintessential divine soul, adorned with the conch and the wheel, the ultimate Brahman who is worshipped by Lord Brahma, the Supreme Being who enjoys the music of Celestial musicians Tumburu and Narada……….

VenkatachalaNilayamVaikuntaPuravsam  is composed in Sindubhairavi raga, a striking janya raga of the 10th Melakarta, Natakapriya. It has the unique distinction of comprising of all the 12 swaras except for one of the nishadams, Kakalinishadam (ni).

Purandara Dasa

Sindubhairavi raga originated from Hindustani classical music. Tansen, the celebrated musician in the court of Akbar had a passion for this raga and popularised it through his compositions.

SinduBhairavi in Hindustani Classical music belongs to Asavari Thaat. It is classified as a morning raga.

Mood

Sindubhairavi raga is one of those colourful ragas that can convey a myriad emotions through the mellifluous swaras. Joy and pleasant, sad and grief, a contrast of emotions can be conveyed through the flow of swaras in the raga.

SinduBhairavi evokes bhakti, karuna and viraharasas.

Music therapy

Sindubhairavi raga is prescribed in music therapy for the treatment of body aches, back ache and also as a stress buster. It inspires the mood and provides relief to the stressed body mind and soul

Structure

Arohanam : S R2 G2 M1 G2 P D1 N2 S

Avarohanam: N2 D1 P M1 G2 R1 S N2 S

Sindubhairavi is one of those janya ragas, more popular than the janaka or parent raga. We find very few compositions in its janaka raga, Natkapriya.The expansive scale of all the swaras facilities the musicians for an elaborate presentation.

Compositions

VenkatachalaNilayam, Tamboorimeetidava, VrindavanaveMandiraByPurandaraDasa

ViswesaruDarshan, BhajaBhaja, Ramachandra Prabhu – Maharaja Swati Thirunal

KalyanaGopalam – Narayana Theertha

SharanuSheshachalaByVijayaDasa

DummiSalenni, Govinda Gopala GopikaByVadirajaTirtha

Thoredujeevisabahude By Kanaka Dasa

Manadhirkugandhadhu – TanjoreSankaraIyer

PankajakshaPahi – Thulaseevanam

Kantamam – MayuramViswanathaSastri

Thillana – LalgudiJayaraman

sunirimainenirbalkebalram – Sur das bhajan

Film music

SinduBhairavi is one of the favourite ragas of music directors. The raga has a semi-classical tone that is suitable to film, folk and other genres of music

Telugu

Nadireyieejhamulo – RangulaRatnam

EmaniPadedano – BharyaBhartalu

Kanuluterachinaneevaye – Gundamma Katha

Jagame Maya – Devadas

NinnatidakaSilanaina – Meghasandesam

Muddabantimuvulomoogakallausulo – Kannevayasu

Hindi

Ek bar muskurado – Indeevar

Kyu mile hum tum – BedardJamana

SanwareSanwareKaheMoseKaroJoraj – Anuradha

NimbudaNimbuda – Hum Dil De Chukesanam

Parbat ke is par, parbatkeuspaar – Sargam

Sreelakshmi Avadhanam
Sreelakshmi Avadhanam is a journalist, content writer, freelance translator and is trained in Carnatic classical music. She also holds a Master’s degree in music. Playing the Veena and singing have been a part of her life since childhood. She also performs on stage whenever an opportunity arises. 

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