G Saraswathi, my 74-old grand aunt, taught me more about the finer nuances of Carnatic music than my violin teachers & a collaboration with her has been long pending. This is a Trip Hop adaptation of Muthuswami Dikshathar's Sree Kanthimatheem set in Raga Hemavathi. The vocals were recorded in a single take.
Sri Kanthimathim Shankara Yuvathim
Shree Guruguha Jananeem Vandeham
Hreemkaara Beejaakaara Vadanaam Hiranya Manimaya Shobaa Sadanaam
Paaka Shaasanaadi Deva Vinutham Parashuraama Natha Hima Shaila Suthaam
Shuka Shounakaadi Sadaaraadhithaam Shuddha Thaamraparnee Thatasthithaam
Shankadyashtotthara Sahasra Kalashaabhisheekha Modaam Surahithaam
Meaning: (From T.K Govinda Raoâ€™s book)
I prostrate before goddess Kantimati, the young (â€œYuvathimâ€) bride of Sankara. I prostrate (â€œVandehamâ€) before the mother (â€œJananeemâ€) of Guruguha. Her face (â€œvadanaâ€) is of the form (â€œakaaraâ€) of mystic Bijakshara â€“ Hreem. She is established in the lustrous (â€œshobaâ€) golden (â€œHiranyaâ€) mansion (â€œsadanamâ€) studded (â€œmayaâ€) with gems (â€œmaniâ€).She is extolled (â€œvinuthamâ€) by Indra (â€œpaaka shasanaaâ€) and other celestials (â€œdevaâ€). She, the daughter (â€œsuthaamâ€) of Himavan, is worshipped (â€œnathaâ€) by Parashurama. She is always venerated (â€œaraadhithamâ€) by Suka, Saunaka and others (â€œaadiâ€). She dwells (â€œsthithaamâ€) on the banks (â€œThataâ€) of the crystal-clear (â€œshuddhaâ€) river Tamra Parni. She is anointed with holy waters from 108 (â€œShankadyashtottharaâ€) pitchers (â€œKalashaâ€) and conches. She is benevolent (â€œmodamâ€) to the celestials.
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