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Panchabhutams

Bombay Jayashri

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Vaidhyanathan L

About this album

Muthuswami Dikshitar was one among the South Indian Trinity composers and composed Keerthanas on various thematic subjects like Sthala Krithis, Navavarna, Navagraha and the Panchabhutams or the Five Elements.

In this album, we present the compositions on the Panchabhutams for which the music has been orchestrated by L.Vaidyanathan.The singer, Bombay Jayashri needs no introduction for she is a musician par excellence. She has emerged as one of the most promising young vocalists in the firmament of Carnatic Classical music. Her husky voice, brisk vocal passages combined with a passion for classicism attribute to her wide popularity. She has sung all the compositions in this album - "Panchabhutams" with perfect sruthi and bhava while steadfastly maintaining the Kalapramanam of the keerthanas.

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ANANDANATANA - KEDARAM - MISHRA CHAPU
CHIDAMBARAM - AKASHA - ETHER

I take refuge in you, Lord of Sivakamavalli, cosmic dancer of the Citsabha, who dances in ecstasy. Your divine form glows with the radiance of countless suns. You, in the form of subtle ethers bestow both ephemeral and eternal happiness on your devotees. You Neela Kanta, not only protect the afflicted but also bestow the vision of your Lotus feet on your devotees Padanjali and Vyagrrapada. You bear the crescent moon and the Ganga on your head. You, the master of the Bhutas, the Lord of Chidambara are clad in tiger skin and established in Kedara and other temples.

You are the Lord of the Universe, full of compassion, and understood through the sacred Vedas. Your various forms of dance to the accompaniment of music musical instruments become the answers to the questions of the devotees.

ARUNACHALANATHAM - SARANGA - RUPAKAM
TIRUVANNAMALAI - JYOTI - FIRE

O Lord Arunachalanatha, in the company of Apitakuchamba, your lotus feet bestow total salvation on your devotees. You are the epitome of mercy, knowledge and bliss. It is not just us, humble mortals but also a host of celestial beings who have sought refuge in you.

You are symbolised by the extraordinary lustrous Linga. You are remniscent of a bee hovering over the lotus like Aparna - Parvathi. You, who dwell in the heart of the noble Bhusuras and Guruguha, have conquered the moon, sun and fire with your natural brilliance.

CINTAYAMAM - BHAIRAVI - RUPAKAM
KANCHIPURAM - PRITHVI - EARTH

I meditate on Sri Somaskanda, the eternal Sachitananda. Your lotus feet have the power of bestowing kingdoms on your devotees. You of the auspicious shute, reside in Kanchi. Your are Bhairavi's beloved and destroyer of the Antaka. You manifest yourself in the Prithvilinga and lives in the inner self of Guruguha.

JAMBHUPATHE - YAMUNAKALYANI - TISRA EKAM
TIRUVANAIKAVA - APPU - WATER

O Jambhupathi, you are my protector and the source my knowledge. You, who are honored by Brahma and other celestial beings, take the form of water, the great oceans and the divine rivers and are the beloved of Akhilandeswari. In deference to the prayers of Goddess Parvathi, you manifested in the form of the Linga, representing the element water. You grant succour to those who take refuge in you. You are the Nadabindu and the Kalpaka tree, engaged in supreme consciousness. You are the father of the pure faultless knowledge of the form of Guruguha.

SRIKALAHASTISAM - HUSSENI - JHAMPA
KALAHASTI - VAYU - AIR

O Lord of Kalahasti, you are in the form of Samira or air and protect all those who take refuge in you.You are the vital force of Indra, Brahma and Vishnu. You are Anila the God of the wind. You also embody ether, earth, water and fire. Beloved of Jnanaprasunambika, your lotus - like hands bless all those who worship you. Pasupathi, Lord of all beings, you received the Gyanopadesa from Guruguha. You are oblivious of caste or creed and are the embodiment of existence, knowledge and bliss.

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