Krshna

 

Every composer dedicates most of their compositions to their favourite deity or God. Lord Krshna has evidently been the favourite deity of this brilliant vaaggeyakara, who is said to have gotten inspired by Lord Krshna's benevolent glance as mentioned in his composition – guru padaaravinda komalam (Abhogi).

paarvai onrile vilainda bhaagyamidu yaarukkumidu aridaanadu parimala sad (guru padaaravinda)

"I was singularly fortunate to obtain all this knowledge through the benevolent glance of my guru."

The intimacy and extreme devotion that he had for Lord Krshna can be easily observed by studying the huge variety of compositions that he has composed on him and the intricate details shared in his operas as well as one-off compositions on the Lord. Having spent most of his childhood in Mannargudi and a major part of his life in Oottukkadu, Venkata Kavi refers to the Kalinga nartana Krshna (dancing lord) in many of his compositions, almost like a secondary signature.

He has composed an entire opera based on the story of the Bhaagavatam starting with the Devaki-Vasudeva wedding and ending with the Krshna-Rukmani wedding. Many of the songs such as Aadaadu ashangaadu, Ashaindaadum mayil onru, Taaye yashoda belong to this opera.

Apart from the popular pieces on Lord Krshna such as Alaippaayude (Kanada), Paal vadiyum mukham (Nattaikkuranji), Svaagatam krshna (Mohanam), Pullaai piravi tara vendum (Chenchurutti), there are many other rare and exquisite pieces on Lord Krshna such as Ennadaan inbam kandaayo (Devagandhari), Eppadittaan en ullam (Neelambari), Ippadiyum or pillai (Ragamalika) that have been composed with stupendous imagination.

Here is a list of compositions on Lord Krshna covering a gamut of ragas and talas.

 

S no Composition Raga Tala
1 Ābheera balla Sāvēri Ādi
2 Āḍādu ashangādu Madhyamāvati Ādi
3 Ādi ashaindu Ābhōgi Ādi
4 Āḍinān mādhavan Nāṭṭai Ādi
5 Āḍinān narttanam āḍinān Pantuvarāḷi Ādi
6 Ādiyoru kālamadil Gowrimanōhari Ādi
7 Āḍum varai Husēni Roopakam
8 Āgāma Rājagōpāla Kēdāram Khaṇḍa Chāpu
9 Aḷḷudē manam Suraṭi Ādi
10 Aridu aridu Maṇirangu Ādi
11 Aruḷāḷan Shankarābharaṇam Mishra Chāpu
12 Ati nirupama Pantuvarāḷi Ādi (tishra gati)
13 Āyiram āyiram gōpiyarhaḷ Chārukēshi Ādi
14 Ayyan allavō Dēvamanōhari Ādi
15 Ayyan karuṇai Tōḍi Mishra Chāpu
16 Āzhāzhi neela Ārabhi Ādi
17 Bālasarasa muralee Keeravāṇi Ādi
18 Bhaja Bhajarē Kalyāṇi Ādi
19 Bhaktar perumaiyē Nāṭṭaikkuranji Ādi
20 Bhuvana mōha Dhanyāshi Ādi
21 Chāmarōpachāra Shuddhasāvēri Ādi
22 Champakāraṇyē Kharaharapriya Ādi
23 Chōra chāturya leela Gowḷa Ādi
24 Dāmōdara vaibhavam Dēvamanōhari Ādi
25 Enda vidattālum Kānaḍā Ādi
26 Ennadān inbam Dēvagāndhāri Ādi
27 Eppadittān en uḷḷam Neelāmbari Ādi
28 Ettanai kēṭṭālum Bhairavi Ādi
29 Gānam krṣhṇa gānam Khamāch Ādi
30 Gaṇayāmi satatam Bēgaḍa Khaṇḍa Tripuṭa
31 Gōkula teruvinilē Chenchurutti Ādi
32 Gōpakumārā Aṭhāṇā Roopakam
33 Idu oru tiramāmō Bēgaḍa Ādi
34 Iḷa mukham kāṭṭi Bēgaḍa Ādi
35 Inda vazhi pōha vēṇḍām Ānandabhairavi Ādi
36 Innamudāna Mukhāri Ādi
37 Innum ninaittālum kaṇṇan Keeravāṇi Ādi
38 Jaganmōhana sundarānga Mōhanam Ādi
39 Jagatāmabhirāma Kanakavasanta Ādi
40 Jagatu rāma Malayamārutam Ādi
41 Kāḷinga narttana prabhāvam
42 Kaḷḷamē aṛiyāda Amrtavarṣhiṇi Ādi
43 Kāminee kēḷi lōla Nāttaikkuranji Ādi
44 Kaṇṇai tirandu pār manamē Bilahari Ādi
45 Kannāzhi alai parava Kēdāram Khaṇḍa Ēkam
46 Kathaya Kathaya Suraṭi Ādi
47 Kiḍaikkumō kiḍaikkādō Punnāgavarāḷi Ādi
48 Koḍuttu vaitta puṇṇiyavān Nāṭṭaikkuranji Ādi
49 Kōṭi janmāni Reetigowḷa Mishra Chāpu
50 Kṣhaṇamēva Bhoopāḷam Ādi
51 Kṣhaṇattinil āhādō Nādanāmakriya Ādi
52 Kunṛin mēliṭṭa deepam Kāmbhōdhi Ādi
53 Lāli rājagōpālā Dēvamanōhari Ādi
54 Lōla gōpa bāla Bhairavi Ādi
55 Madanānga mōhana Khamāch Ādi
56 Madhura Madhura Aṭhāṇā Ādi
57 Mahāshaya hrdaya Ābhōgi Ādi
58 Manadukkiniya Nāṭṭaikkuranji Ādi
59 Maṇi noopura dhāri Neelāmbari Ādi
60 Manjanam āḍa nee Reetigowḷa Ādi
61 Marakata maṇimaya chēla Ārabhi Ādi
62 Mun sheida tava payanē Bowḷi Ādi
63 Mundi varum Bhairavi Mishra Chāpu
64 Muraḷeedhara Shree Ādi
65 Muttukrṣhṇa Chenchurutti Ādi
66 Nāda muraḷi Hameerkalyāṇi Ādi
67 Nāga naṭanamāḍum Bilahari Roopakam
68 Nanda nandana gōpa Kāpi Ādi
69 Nanda sukumāra Darbār Mishra Chāpu
70 Naṭavara taruṇee Kannaḍagowḷa Ādi (tishra gati)
71 Navaneeta tāṇḍavākāram Mangaḷakaishiki Ādi
72 Neela malar Vasanta Ādi
73 Neela mēgha shyāma Khamāch Roopakam
74 Neelajeemuta Ārabhi Ādi
75 Neelavānam pōl Chindu Mishra Chāpu
76 Neerada sama Jayantashree Ādi
77 Ninṛanda mayil onṛu Nāṭṭai Khaṇḍa Ekam
78 Ninṛingu unnaruḷ Bilahari Ādi
79 Niravadhika bhuvana Harikāmbhōdhi Ādi
80 Oyyāra kaṇṇaṇ Māḷavam
81 Oyyāramāha yamunai Sāranga Ādi
82 Pada sēvana Deeparam Ādi
83 Pāḍavum tuṇivu Dhanyāsi Ādi
84 Pāl vaḍiyum mukham Nāṭṭaikkuranji Ādi
85 Paravāsudēvam Mandāri Ādi
86 Poruḷāi iruppēnō Yadukulakāmbhōdhi Ādi
87 Prēma svaroopa Ānandabhairavi Ādi
88 Pullāi piṛavi tara vēṇḍum Chenchurutti Ādi
89 Puruṣha rājam Nāṭṭai Ādi
90 Rādhē krṣhṇam Husēni Ādi
91 Rādhika prāṇa nāyaka Kuntalavarāḷi Ādi
92 Rāga rasānanda Hamsageervāṇi Ādi
93 Rāja rāja gōpāla Mānji Ādi
94 Rāja rājagōpāla Yadukulakāmbhōdhi Khaṇḍa Chāpu
95 Rāja yōga abhinayam Kēdāragowḷa Roopakam
96 Rajata vainitaka Kēdāragowḷa/Chhāyātarangiṇi Ādi
97 Rājeeva nayana Darbār Ādi
98 Ramaṇeeya lāvaṇya Mukhāri Ādi
99 Rāsa kēḷi vilāsa Kharaharapriya Ādi
100 Rāsa lōka vaibhōga Tōḍi Ādi
101 Rāsa maṇḍalam Ārabhi Ādi
102 Rasika mahōttama Sarasāngi Mishra Chāpu
103 Rundra bāla Nāṭṭaikkuranji Ādi
104 Sarasa guṇa ratna Sāmā Ādi
105 Satya sankalpa Navarōj Ādi
106 Satyam param dheemahi Shankarābharaṇam Ādi
107 Sharaṇam gōpa bāla Maṇirangu Mishra Chāpu
108 Shata kōṭi manmatha Ānandabhairavi Ādi
109 Sholli kaḷippōm Kuntalavarāḷi Ādi
110 Sholli kiḍaittadē Chenchurutti Ādi
111 Sundara nanda kumāra Madhyamāvati Ādi
112 Svāmi umakku Mōhanam Ādi
113 Taruṇa māmuhil Ārabhi Ēkam
114 Tavamonṛum aṛiyāda Gowrimanōhari Ādi
115 Tillānā Suraṭi Ādi
116 Tillānā Sindhubhairavi Ādi
117 Tillānā Gambheeranāṭṭai Ādi
118 Tillānā Puraneermai Ādi
119 Udaja gōpa sundara Umābharaṇam Ādi
120 Uruhāda manam Tōḍi Ādi
121 Vanajalōchana Kharaharapriya Jhampa
122 Vanamāli svāgatam Nāṭṭaikkuranji Ādi
123 Vandē aruḷa vēṇum Shreeranjani Ādi
124 Vandē nanda soonum Kannaḍamāruvam Ādi
125 Vandu aruḷa Shreeranjani Ādi
126 Vandu ninṛan Simhēndramadhyamam Ādi
127 Vāri vihāri Kuntalavarāḷi Ādi
128 Varnikka tiṛanillayē Nāyaki Ādi
129 Vāsudēvāya Shahānā Ādi
130 Vayyam aḷandu Nādanāmakriya Mishra Chāpu
131 Veḷḷi nilavinilē Aṭhāṇā Roopakam
132 Vēṇu gāna ramaṇa Tōḍi Mishra Chāpu
133 Viharati mama Aṭhāṇā Ādi
134 Vijayasē vijayasē Sarasvati Ādi
135 Vijayatē gōvindaha Asāvēri Mishra Chāpu
136 Viṭa samavara Vasanta Ādi
137 Yamuneeya Ānandabhairavi Khaṇḍa Tripuṭa
138 Yārenna shonnālum Maṇirangu Ādi