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AlOchanaamR^itaM

AlochanaamR^itaM God and Kaliyuga God always keeps for himself a chosen country in which the higher knowledge is through all chances and dangers, ... continually preserved, and for the present, in this Chaturyuga at least, that country is India. Whenever he chooses to take the full pleasure of ignorance, of the dualities, of strife and wrath and tears and weakness and selfishness, ... of the play of the Kali [not Kaali], he dims the knowledge in India and puts her down into weakness and degradation so that she may retire into herself and not interfere with this movement of his Lila. When he wants Narayana in man to become once again mighty and wise and blissful, then he once more pours out the knowledge on India and raises her up so that she may give the knowledge with its necessary consequences of might, wisdom and bliss to the whole world.

When there is the contracted movement of knowledge, the yogins in India withdraw from the world
and practise yoga for their own liberation and delight or for the liberation of a few disciples; but when the movement of knowledge again expands and the soul of India expands with it, they come forth once more and work in the world and for the world. Yogins like Janaka, Ajatashatru and Kartavirya once more sit on the thrones of the world and govern the nations.

- Sri Aurobindo (Yoga and its Objects)


sa.ngItaM karNATaka hindusthaani lalita (telugu)
telugu purANAlu pravachanAlu sAhityaM toli velugulu
Miscellaneous Articles telugu Recipes sa.nskR^itaM digvijayii bhaarata (blog) padya kaumudi (blog)

Sri Gummadi Gopalakrishna padya gAnam (audio)

Sri Gummadi Gopalakrishna padya gAnam - excerpts from his padya nATakams

Artist: 'gAna gandharva' Sri Gummadi Gopalakrishna
Year: 2004
Music: Brahmanandam, B. Yajna Narayana
Supervision: 'kaLA tapasvi' Sri G.S.S. Sastri
Notes: These songs are released as an audio CD. Sri Gopalakrishna gaaru, whose life mission is to restore telugu padya nATakam to its due glory, has kindly allowed their free publication here. We are all indebted to him for this favor.

Sri Gopalakrishna gAru has conducted a 'padyaala workshop' during Aug 8-13, 2005 in Sunnyvale, CA, where he taught how to render a padyam to fully bring out its saundaryam and rasam. That was when I got a chance to personally appreciate his awesome talent. Though he had no formal training in classical music, his command on Indian raagas is great. Music flows out of his gaLam like jalapaatam, and padya rasam oozes out like madhuvu. I attempted a small kanda padyam as my guru dakShiNa to him:

        sompaara padya-kavitaa-
        Silpaangana naaTyamaaDa jIvamu pOyun
        gOpaala kriShNu gaanam(bu)
        aapaata-madhUdayambu bhAva-sphuTamun!
    
. Meaning: Padya kavita is like the inanimate sculpture of a lady. Gopalakrishna gAru's music brings the lady to life and makes her dance exquisitely ('sompaara'). His music's melody is 'ApAta madhUdayam' i.e., we feel the sweetness at once as we drink it (with our ears). Also, his rendering of the poem is 'bhAva-sphuTam' i.e., makes the padyam's meaning/rasa crystal clear to the listener.

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play, rm play, mp3 Introduction Music Director R.P. Patnaik
play, rm play, mp3 SrI kR^IShNa raayabaaram tirupati vE.nkaTa kavulu
play, rm play, mp3 SrI kR^iShNa tulAbhAram muttarAju subbArAvu
play, rm play, mp3 SrInAthuDu padya rachana: SrInAtha mahaakavi,
gadya rachana: SrI Akella



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