Devi




Venkata Kavi has composed a few compositions on different forms of Devi such as Raja Rajeshvari, Meenakshi, Sati (Paarvati), Tripura sundari. However, his magnum-opus creations are the Kamakshi Navavaranams which includes a set of twelve krtis commencing from the Vinayaka stuti and ending with the Phala stuti on Goddess Akhilandeshvari. These compositions are a huge subject of study and research for the acamedic scholar as well as the practising musician as they are interwoven with highly intricate details of Srividya upasana (a form of Devi worship) and sophisticated musical details.

 

Venkata Kavi has also composed on Sarasvati (the Goddess of Learning). There are two compositions in Kalyani on Goddess Sarasvati but both of them reveal different perspectives of the ragam. Sarasija bhava jaaye in Adi (tishra gati) is a masterpiece in this raga without any usage of madhyama kaalams with a refreshing approach to the Adi – tishra gati tala structure as against many other compositions that are available in the same raga and tala. This is mainly because it contains a lot of pre-beat rhythmic usages (ateeta graha prayogas) and has a lot of svaraksharas too. The other composition in Roopaka talam is Geeta rasike sugunaalaye. This song contains two madhyamakaalams in the Pallavi –

devi sarasvati sadaye
shree krshna venu gaana raaga taala bhaava moha raasa (geeta rasike)

"One who enjoys the melody, rhythm and soul of the music emanating from Krshna's flute and the wondrous rasa geeta"

This again explains how Venkata Kavi connects to his favourite deity even in the context of this composition which is addressed to Goddess Sarasvati . Given below is a list of Devi Krtis (not exhaustive)

 

S no Composition Raga Tala Details
1 Bhajasva Shree Tripura Nādanāmakriya Ādi 2nd āvaraṇa krti
2 Dēvi vanam vandāḷ Ānandabhairavi Ādi
3 Enna parāmukham Kharaharapriya Tishra Tripuṭa On Kamakshi
4 Ettaikkaṇḍu Yadukulakāmbhōdhi Roopakam
5 Geeta rasikē Kalyāṇi Roopakam on Sarasvati
6 Haladharānujam Maṇirangu Ādi Phala stuti
7 Janani tripura Navarasakannaḍa Ādi
8 Karuṇārasa pravāhini Jaganmōhini Khaṇḍa Tripuṭa
9 Natajana kalpavalli Punnāgavarāḷi Ādi 9th āvaraṇa krti
10 Neela lōhita Balahamsa Khaṇḍa Dhruvam 5th āvaraṇa krti
11 Rāja rājēshvari mātangi Kannaḍa Ādi
12 Rājōpachāramidam Bhairavi Mishra Chāpu
13 Sadānandamayi Hindōḷam Sankeerṇa maṭhya 6th āvaraṇa krti
14 Sakalōka nāyikē Ārabhi Ādi 7th āvaraṇa krti
15 Santatam aham Dēshākṣhi Ādi 1st āvaraṇa krti
16 Sarasija bhava Kalyāṇi Ādi (tishra gati) on Sarasvati
17 Sarva jeeva Shuddhasāvēri Mishra Chāpu 3rd āvaraṇa krti
18 Shankari Madhyamāvati Ādi 8th āvaraṇa krti
19 Sharaṇam dēvi kāmākṣhi
20 Shree chakra mātangi Suraṭi Ādi
21 Shree shiva nāyikē Lalitagandharvam Ādi
22 Sundarēshvara jāyē Navarasakannaḍa Ādi
23 Sundarēshvara jāyē Navarasakannaḍa
24 Vānchhasi yadi Kalyāṇi Ādi Dhyāna krti
25 Yōga yōgēshvari Ānandabhairavi Khaṇḍa Tripuṭa 4th āvaraṇa krti