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Dear rasikas,

Sunaada Radio presents nAdAlApa – the weekly quiz program. This weeks question

Identify all the compositions and the artists featured in the yuAdi special prigram – “Vasantha Vaibhava” on Sunaada Radio.

Send in your answers by 9th April.

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Who composed a rare song whose lyrics reads same both ways (palindrome)?

Ramaswamy Dikshitar (father of Muttuswamy Dikshitar) composed a “anuloma – pratiloma daru: Sarasa nayana in ragam Gangatharangini. This daru has the feature of a palindrome.

The winner of is Padmanab Sridhar. Congratulations!!!

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The answer to nAdAlApa 16 is Sri. Bidaram Krishnappa.

Congratulations to Chandrashekara K A and Padmanab Sridhar.

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Sri Chamundeshwari is a composition of H.H Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in the 46th melakartha raga Shadvidhamargini. Here is the complete song.

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Devottama Jois

Answer to nAdAlApa 14 is Devottama Jois.

The lyrics for Chamundamba Ashtottara Shata Nama Kritis were written by Sri Devottama Jois. He was a great scholar in the court of His Highness Krishnarajendra Wodeyar.  These songs were set to music by Muttaih Bhagavatar.

Congratulaions to the Padmanabh Sridhar!!!

South Indian music in York University

Answer to nAdAlApa 13  is John B Higgings and Trichy Shankaran. They were the founders of South Indian music in York University in Toronto, Canada.

Below is an excerpt from Trichy Shankaran’s interview.

“In 1971 I received an invitation from York University, Toronto, to co-found a South Indian music program along with the late American singer, Jon B. Higgins. He was one of the very few accomplished American singers of Carnatic music studying and performing in India.”

Congratulations to Asha Sivakumar and Padmanabh Sridhar!!!

Jayachamaraja Wodeyar Bahadur

Answer to nAdAlApa 12 is Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was a connoisseur of both western and Carnatic (South Indian classical) music and an acknowledged authority of Indian Philosophy

The winner is Padmanab Sridhar . Congratulations!!!

Maha Vaidyanatha Iyer

The answer to nAdAlApa 11 is Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan (1844–1893) . He was a composer of Carnatic music. He was a great exponent of extemporaneous singing. He also composed a ragamalika (garland of ragas – a song that utilises more than one raga) with all the 72 melakartha ragas.

The Winners are Rema Hariharan and Sundaram Rajesh. Congratulations!!

Papanasam Sivan

The answer to nAdAlApa 10 is Papanasam Sivan.

In the movie, Kubera Kuchela (1943), he acted as Kuchela and sang a song which he composed himself ‘Kanna kanna kanna…’ in raga Kaapi.

The winners are Lakshmi K.G. and Raman Easwaran Congragulations!!!

Irayimman Thampi

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Who was an eminent composer who adorned Swathi Thirunal’s court, who competed with him in composing songs and almost always won?

Irayimman Thampi (1782 – 1856)

The winners are Sita Krishnamoorthy and Asha Sivakumar. Congragulations!!!

Iravivarman Thampi was the son of Parukkutti Thankachi, daughter of Makairam Thirunal Ravivarma. His father was Kerala Varma Thampuran. Iravivarma was born in 1782 and was popularly known as Irayimman Thampi. Even during his childhood he was scholar in drama, grammer, logic , kaavya and alankara and was eminent in music and literature. However, his greatness in classical music reached its zenith during the reign of Swathi Thirunal. He was one among the eminent men who adorned Swathi Thirunal’s court. Their mutual encouragement had helped them in polishing their potentials .

There existed a healthy competition between them in composing songs in which Thampi was always the winner. Swathi Thirunal’s famous lyrics ‘Panchabanan thannudei…..’ and Thampi’s “Prananadhanenikku Nalkiya…..” were the results of such competitions. This particular work of Thampi is the most beautiful sringarapadam in Malayalam.Thampi has composed 21 Sankeerthanas, five Malayalam Keerthanas, five Varnas, and 22 Padams and one lullaby. He has also created musical works in Sanskrit and Manipravalam. Though he excelled in Bhakthi and Sringara he has proved his eminence in all Bhavas through his various works. He has composed beautiful varnas in Aarabhi, Sankaraabharanam, Neelambari, Bhairavi and Punnagavaraali ragas. Sanskrit Keerthanas in rare ragas, like Irdisha, Manchi and Kakubha deserve special mentions. Irayamman Thampi was also enjoyed an esteemed position among the Kathakali musicians of Kerala. His works include single verses, Keerthanas, Malayala Padams, Varnas, Murajapappana, Subhadraharanam, Thiruvathirappattu, Navarathri Prabhandham, Attakkadhas like Utharaswayamvaram, Keechakavadham, Dakshayaagam, and Kilipattu like Rasakreeda and Vasishtam. ‘Omanathinkal Kidavo’ the lullaby composed by Thampi is a lyric hummed by mothers all over Kerala for generations.

Among excellent works of Thampi are ‘Amba Gauri’ (Aarabhi Varnam), ‘Karuna Cheyvan enthu thaamasam’ (Sri), ‘Paradhevathei’ (Thodi), ‘Kamalathikalam’ (Kambhoji) ‘Pahimaam Girithanaye’ (Saveri), ‘Adimalarina Thanne’ (Mukhari), ‘Neelavarna Pahimam’ (Suruthi), ‘Ehi Baalagopala Krishna’ (Punnagavarali Ragam), and ‘Sambho Gaureesha’ (Kedaaragaula.). He has composed songs on Sree Padmanabha of Thiruvananthapuram, Sree Krishna of Guruvayoor and also Chettumala Devi of Chettumala temple attached to Puthu mana veedu in Karamana in Thiruvananthapuram city. Some of his padas refer to Swathi , his aunt and his sister.
In 1856 Irayamman Thampi died after enjoying the patronage of four Travancore kingsand two queens. Swathi is known to have referred to Thampi as Thampi maman (uncle thampi). Irayimman Thampi had the occasion to write a lullaby for Swathi Thirunal and ironically also wrote a charama sloka for Swathi in 1848.


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