Tamadam Tagadaiyya

This delay is not suitable, O compassionate Lord! Help me, O Lord Muruga!  This is right opportunity to govern this lonely and wretched one with lowly qualities! O son of Shiva unseen by even Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma! O Lord of sweet Valli! O Kanda who delights ladies! Please come quickly and bless me that I will always be protected by the spear and the peacock!

Murugan2Welcome to my first post in 2014! If you have been lucky enough to attend the December Season concerts, you are no doubt enjoying a breather at the moment. But for fans like me who live in lands barren of the music of our hearts, January is the time for trawling the net, looking for any music that has filtered out of the Season. And thus my last week was spent in listening to the Margazhi Maha Utsavam telecasts that Jaya TV has loaded on youtube. My gratitude!

While on the topic of music on the internet, I spent many hours recently fixing my old posts which featured videos on youtube – and there were many. For some reason, these old videos, loaded by fellow rasikas,  featuring telecasts from past years have been removed for ‘copyright violation’. Disappointed terribly, but understanding the right of the copyright owners for any income from their programs, I tried to find out how much advertising income they may stand to lose by these ‘pirated’ videos. Though I couldn’t get exact figures, it seems that the ad revenue is between $1 to $5 per 1000 views. Examining the latest videos loaded by Jaya TV, I see that the highest viewership is less than 19,000, most being far fewer. So we are talking of a revenue between $20 to $100 for the latest videos. How many hits do you imagine old videos would get? Perhaps a tenth? This translates to a revenue between $2 and $10. Is it even worth the time and effort for the copyright owners to load these for such small amounts? I doubt they would bother.  Instead these old performances, some gems amongst them, will lie forgotten in some corner of their offices somewhere, never to be seen again. Who profits from this? Nobody! I mourn the loss of all that lovely music buried forever. Please, copyright owners, I beg of you – allow your telecasts to be loaded by others if you have no intention of loading them yourself!

Whew! I feel better for having had a rant!

The concerts I watched this year have been of middling quality, with more disappointments than pleasant surprises. One of the renditions which stand out is the energetic presentation of Tamadam Tagadaiyya by Abhishek Raghuram. It has everything I like in a good piece of music – a great voice and instinctive musicality, a lilting melody interspersed with surprising and sometimes breath taking improvisation,  a well written song with interesting word-play, alliteration and sweetness of meaning, head-nodding rhythms and a magic something which brings it all together. I have his CD Kailasapathy in which he renders the same song but nowhere near as well. This rendition is a keeper.

In this song, the poet-composer Lalgudi Gopala Iyer has created an enchanting melody in Raga Mohanakalyani. Click here to know more about the raga. For those unfamiliar with this composer who is the father of Maestro Lalgudi Jayaraman, here is a short article in Hindu about him. Written as a plea to Lord Murugan, the lyrics demand that the Lord not delay in coming to bless him. The melody is truly catchy and Abhishek Raghuram, Vittal Ramamurthy and Neyveli Narayanan make Mohanakalyani weave and dance with joy. Listen below from 7:40 to 23:14.

For an instrumental version, listen to Lalgudi GJR Krishnan play his grandfather’s composition here.

 


Footnote (Lyrics) :

Language : Tamil

பல்லவி
தாமதம் தகாதைய்யா
தயாபரா துணை முருகய்யா

அனுபல்லவி
தாமச குண தீனன் ஆன
தமியேனை ஆள  தருணம் இதைய்யா

சரணம்
மாலும் அயன் காணா மஹாதேவன் மைந்தா
மது வள்ளி தேவா மாது மகிழ் கந்தா
வேலும் மயிலும் எந்நாளும் என்னைக் காக்கவே
வேகமாக வாரும் வரம் தாரும்

 Transliteration

Pallavi
tAmadam tagAdaiyyA
dayApara tuNai murugaiyyA

Anupallavi
tAmasa guNa dInan Ana
tamiyEnai ALa taruNam idaiyyA

Charanam
mAlum ayan kAnA mahAdEvan maindA
madu vaLLi dEvA mAdu magizh kandA
vElum mayilum ennALum ennaik kAkkavE
vEgamAga vArum varam tArum

Translation

This delay (tAmadam) is not suitable (tagAdu), O Compassionate (dayAparA) Lord (ayyA)! Help me (tuNai), O Lord Muruga!

This is right opportunity (taruNam) to govern (ALa) this lonely (tamiyEn) and wretched (dInan) one with lowly qualities (tAmasa guNa)!

O son of Shiva (mahAdEva) unseen (kANA) by even Lord Vishnu (mAl) and Lord Brahma (ayan)! O Lord (dEvA) of sweet (madu) Valli! O Kanda who delights (magizh) ladies (mAdu)! Please come (vArum) quickly (vEgamAga) and bless me (varam tArum) that I (ennai) will always (ennALum) be protected (kAkka) by the spear (vEl) and the peacock (mayil)!

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7 responses to “Tamadam Tagadaiyya

  1. Ramesh

    That hardly qualifies as a rant ! You are far too polite – that’s the literary equivalent of a shake of the head – that’s all !! Let me add

    Copyright owners are the plague of society. They are the ones who actively force piracy even amongst normally law abiding people. The tendency to charge ridiculous amounts, promoting artificial scarcity consequent to their restricting distribution channels, forcing us to buy a whole awful album just for a single song, monopolist practices,….. da da da da. In any other industry such practices would land you in jail for anti competitive fraud. I too have noticed a number of carnatic videos on You Tube disappeared and you have shown how ridiculous that action is – but that is so typical of the bullying of these music companies. May I now request you to compose a krithi in the raag Mohanakalyani cursing the music companies to eternal damnation, a special place in hell, and the wrath of Kali, Yama and Durga combined on them ! Now that is a rant !!

    Not a fan of Abhishek Raghuram at all. Just a personal quirk – he once made me walk out mid concert and I have since never returned !! So its entirely appropriate that the new Suja Krithi referred to above must be sung by him :):):)

    • Hello Ramesh, Rant-turned-Diatribe-turned-Curse in Mohanakalyani? The raga is such that before I finish the song, I will be cooing sweet words to the music companies instead! :)

      As to Abhisek Raghuram, I suggest that you forgive him his past sins and start listening again. He will definitely make it to the top of the ladder and we’ll be listening to many interesting concerts from him in the future. Sikkil Gurucharan is my favourite from that generation, but AR gives me surprising highs every now and then.
      Cheers. Suja

      • Ramesh

        Oh; the poor guy doesn’t sin. He is a young musician alright and should be given a lot of rope. I wish he doesn’t do “gymnastics” (the term favoured by Bangalore rasikas for musical contortions in the name of complexity). I had to walk out only because on that day I wasn’t sure whether I went to a music concert or to a gymnastics competition !!! Still as you say, I shall coo sweet words to the young man saying “palichchunnu simpleaa paadudaa” :):)

  2. Chandramouli Subramanian

    Dear Suja, Thanks for posting such a lovely composition by Lalgudi Gopala Iyer. Muruga is my ishta devaivam. Even though I saw Abhishek’s programme on Jaya TV I could appreciate the full beauty of the song only after reading your translation. Thanks a million! How I wish Doordarshan also posts such shows online!

    • Hi Chandramouli, You are welcome :) I am happy to have enhanced your listening experience, that is exactly what I am after! It is too bad that Doordarshan doesn’t post its music online, nor can I listen to AIR kutcheris online. I would have much more fodder for my posts if that were true..
      Cheers. Suja

  3. Ravi

    Thanks for the post, Suja. I never heard this particular krithi before. I enjoyed it, especially since it is on Lord Muruga.

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