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AlOchanaamR^itaM

AlochanaamR^itaM Man's Quest and Hinduism Brahmajnana, Yoga and Dharma are the three essentialities of Hinduism; wherever it travels, these three must spread. Shankara's philosophy may compel the homage of the intellectual, Sankhya attract the admiration of the analytical mind, Buddha capture the rationalist in search of a less material synthesis than the modern scientist's continual Annam Brahma [Matter is Supreme], but these are only grandiose intellectualities. The world at large does not live by the pure intellect...

A goal of life, a practice of perfection and a rational, yet binding law of conduct, - these are man's continual quest, and in none of these demands is modern Science able to satisfy humanity. In reply to all such wants Science can only cry, Society and again Society and always Society. But the nature of man knows that Society is not the whole of life. Yajnavalkya's universal dictum stands: a man loves and serves Society for the sake of the Self and not for the sake of Society.

What Science could not provide, India offers
: Brahman for the eternal goal, Yoga for the means of perfection, dharma (swabhava-niyatam karma) for the rational yet binding law of conduct. Therefore, because it has something by which humanity can be satisfied and on which it can found itself, the victory of the Indian mind is assured.

- Sri Aurobindo (Excerpts from The Psychology of Yoga, from his notebook of 1911).


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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