Other themes and personalities

 

Venkata kavi's knowledge and affinity to various deities extend beyond the deities covered in the above menus. Some of the other themes and personalities have been mentioned below.

Vishnu: Even though, we can group all the songs composed on Lord Krshna and Rama under Lord Vishnu, since they are his incarnations, there are a few compositions that this master composer has directly addressed to Lord Vishnu. One of them is the second saptaratna – Aganita mahimaadbhuta leela (Gowla). Madhava panchakam, a set of verses (shloka) on Vishnu is equally noteworthy.

Ranganatha: Ranganaatham anisham (Gambheeranattai) is a magnificent masterpiece that is composed with multiple charanams with svara-sahityam sections, similar to the saptaratnas or Tyagaraja's pancharatnams. He has composed a set of verses dedicated to Lord Ranganatha which are set in a meter of five units (khanda gati), known as the Ranganaatha panchakam.

Parthasarathy: Parthasarathy (Arjuna's charioteer) was worshipped by Venkata kavi through his songs composed at the temple in Triplicane, Chennai. Some of them include Paarthasaarathy parama dayaanidhi (Surati), Tedi arula vandaan (Arabhi), Gatiyaaha vendum (Surati).

Nrsimha: This avatara of Vishnu, is always associated with a lot of ferocity and Venkata kavi brings out this aspect in his verses (shloka) dedicated to Lord Nrsimha known as the Nrsimha panchakam beginning with the words, Tapta kaanchana.

Parashurama: Perhaps, Venkata kavi is the only composer to have composed about Parashurama, another fiery incarnation of Vishnu. This composition (kodaariyai pidittaar) has not been published yet but finds a mention in the manuscript of Shri Needamangalam Krishnamurthy Bhagavatar.

Uddhava: Venkata kavi has paid tribute to this faithful devotee of Lord Krshna through his composition, Sholla valleno (Shuddhasaveri). This again could perhaps be the only piece on Uddhava in Carnatic literature.

Yamuna: The sacred Yamuna is often closely associated with Lord Krshna's pranks and this composer has dedicated some compositions to this sacred river too. Amudanukku amudoottum (Yamunakalyani) and Ramaneeya yamuna tataakam (Neelambari) are examples of this.

Venkata Kavi has also composed pieces on Vithala, the Sun god (Soorya) and one-off compositions on great personalities such as Vyasa, Shuka mani, Jayadeva, Valmiki and other themes such as the value and importance of music and nature, the greatness of Daskha yagam, the incomparable devotion to Hari, about the signifiance of Bhagavatam etc. Given below is a compilation of some of the krtis composed by this mega composer on various themes.

 

S no Composition Raga Tala Features
1 Agaṇita mahimādbhuta Gowḷa Ādi Viṣhṇu
2 Allikēṇi karai Kharaharapriya Ādi Parthasarathy
3 Amudanukku amudooṭṭum Hameerkalyāṇi Ādi River Yamuna
4 Bhajanāmrta Nāṭṭai Ādi All great personalities
5 Bhakti paṇṇādirukkalāmō Keeravāṇi Ādi Viṭhala
6 Bhakti yōga sangeeta Kharaharapriya Ādi Music
7 Bheema nadikkaraiyil Gowrimanōhari Ādi Viṭhala
8 Dharmamēva shree bhāgavata Maṇirangu/Shuddhasāvēri Ādi About Bhagavatam
9 Engum iyaṛkai Rāgamālika Ēka Nature and music
10 Gatiyāha vēṇḍum Suraṭi Ādi Parthasarathy
11 Gōvindan avatāram Ārabhi Ādi Description of nature
12 Iduvē phalam Dhanyāsi Ādi About devotion to Hari
13 Kai varishai kāṭṭādeer Husēni Ādi Shaurirāja temple, Kaṇṇapuram
14 Kaṇḍum kāṇādadupōl Ragamalika Ādi
15 Koḷḷāda āshai Bilahari Mishra Chāpu Krishna's stories
16 Mā bharatam Khamāch Ādi About greatness of Mahabharatam
17 Nāma sukha Siddhasēna Ēka Viṭhala - Marathi composition
18 Nee sheida upakāram Umābharaṇam Ādi Vyāsa
19 Padmavati ramaṇam Poorvikalyāṇi Mishra chāpu Jayadēva
20 Padmini vallabha Dhanyāsi Ādi Soorya
21 Pāṇḍuranga viṭhala Chhāyātarangiṇi Roopakam Viṭhala
22 Pārthasārathi parama Suraṭi Roopakam Parthasarathy
23 Patita pāvanam Shuddhasāvēri Ādi Importance of Bhagavatam
25 Pazhamō pazhamō Gowrimanōhari Ādi About greatness of Bhagavatam and Shuka Brahma Rishi
24 Prasanna gōpāla krṣhṇam Dvijayavanti Mishra Aṭa Viṭhala
26 Ramaṇeeya yamunā Neelāmbari Mishra chāpu About the river Yamuna
27 Ranganātham anisham Gambeeranāṭṭai Ādi Ranganātha
28 Sholla vallēnō Shuddhasāvēri Ādi Uddhava - Krṣhṇa's friend
29 Shreenivāsa chintayēham Gowḷa Ādi Shreenivāsa
30 Svāmi shaurirāja Simhēndramadhyamam Ādi
31 Tāḷē sharaṇam amma Tōḍi On Andal
32 Tēḍi aruḷa vandān Ārabhi Ādi Parthasarathy
33 Tiruvarangam enṛu orudaram On Srirangam Ranganatha greatness - mentions names of many Azhwars
34 Vandē kavilōka divākaram Reetigowḷa Mishra Chāpu On Tirumangai Azhwar
35 Vandē vālmeeki Aṭhaṇā Ādi Vālmiki
36 Vaṇṇam tihazh Husēni Roopakam Composed at Kannapuram
37 Yārum iyalāda Gowrimanōhari Khaṇḍa Chāpu Shuka muni

 

 

Shlokas, verses and viruttams

Venkata kavi's vocabulary, imagination, devotion and spiritualism can be visualized through the spectacular set of shlokas, verses and viruttams that he has composed on several deities and themes. These include shlokas such as Ranganatha panchakam and Nrsimha panchakam, verses such as Krshna paadaadi keshaanta varnanam and viruttams such as alai kadalin, tullum manamudayaai. Given below is a compilation of this genre.

 

S no Composition Features
1 Āḍi ashai oḷi Viruttam
2 Aḍiyārhal pāḍavum Description of Krṣhṇa's feet
3 Alai kaḍalin Viruttam
4 Aḷai kaḷava manai Viruttam
5 Āṇumāhi peṇṇumāhi Nāmāvaḷi
6 Āṭakattin niṛam Viruttam
7 Chandra jaṭādhara Nartana panchakam
8 Gōvinda gōvinda rādhā Nāmāvaḷi
9 Kāḷinga nartana prabhāvam Krṣhṇa's dancing feat on the serpent Kalinga
10 Kamalam malarndazhahu description of Krṣhṇa Radha wedding
11 Kāviri tiṭṭilē verses describing Rama and Krṣhṇa
12 Kōdaṇḍam kai shumandu Rama and Krshna - compared and contrasted
13 Krṣhṇa pādādi kēshānta varṇanam head to toe description of Lord Krṣhṇa
14 Lāvaṇya kēvala
15 Mādhava Panchakam Shloka
16 Mangaḷa tunga
17 Manjutara kunjadala
18 Padippāḍal pattu describes Yashoda describing little Krshna taking his first toddler steps
19 Rāma padādi kēshānta varṇanam head to toe description of Lord Rama
20 Sveeyatara bhāsakara Ranganātha panchakam
21 Taṇaku taṇaku taṇa Shiva tāṇḍava stotram
22 Tapta kānchana Nrsimha panchakam
23 Tēn pozhiyum Viruttam
24 Tuḷḷum manamuḍaiyāi Viruttam
25 Vānamōḍu bhuvi āvinangaḷ
26 Veṇṇaiyai kaḷavāḍi Kunti stuti - Viruttam