Rama


Upon research, it has been discovered that Venkata Kavi has composed a series of songs as part of the Ramayanam opera although the entire set is yet to come to light. Apart from this, this ingenious poet has presented the entire Ramayana story through one magnificent ragamalika piece – Shree raama jayame jayam.

This piece covers the entire epic through a pallavi and a set of 5 charanams in the ragams Nattai, Gowla, Arabhi, Varali and Manirangu. The whole epic has been portrayed with a very positive outlook and Venkata kavi has used the strong words such as 'kill/destroy' only in the context of the asuras Mareecha and Subahu.


In all other contexts, such as Rama's victory over Ravana, Parashurama's challenge against him and boons claimed by Kaikeyi , Venkata Kavi has only referred to them in a very diplomatic and positive way. This clearly shows the poet's attitude and approach to these epics and life.

parashuraaman tiru tavattinai vaangi
pattaabhishekamurum sheidiyaal engi
varam irandaal kaikeshi kai ongi
vaakku tanda padi pattanam neengi

As a rare instance, Venkata Kavi has also used his mudra in this song in the final madhyamakala section of this song.

kaariyam edilum tunaiyaaha ninradu
kaalanaiyum vazhakkaadiyum venradu
gati illaada kanam nidhiyena vandadu
kaviyilum Venkata Kaviyum unarndadu (shree raama jayame)

Other sparkling pieces on Lord Rama include Kalyaana raama (Hamsanadam), Raghukulottama (Nagasvaravali) and Raaman perumai sholla tahumo (Nattaikkuranji). Rama paadaadi keshaanta varnanam (verses describing Rama from toe to head) are free verses that bring out the poet's torrential imagination through a lovely set of verses. The compositions on Lord Rama are given below.

 

S.No Composition Raga Tala
1 Avatāramānān rāghavan Kēdāram Ādi
2 Dāsharathē dayānidhē Tōḍi Ādi
3 Gamana sundara rāghava Bhairavi Ādi
4 Kalyāṇa rāmā Hamsanādam Ādi
5 Karuṇai kaḍal
6 Mithilādhipa sudhā Kāmbhōdhi Ādi
7 Naḍaiyai pāraḍi Chenchurutti Ādi
8 Raghukulōttama Rāma Nāgasvarāvaḷi Chaturashra Jhampa
9 Raghupungava jaya Ārabhi Ādi
10 Rāmā raghunāthā Māḷavi/Maḷavam Ādi
11 Rāman perumai sholla Nāṭṭaikkuranji Ādi
12 Rāmāyaṇamē dhanam Suraṭi Ādi
13 Sharaṇam yāmi Shahānā Ādi