Brinda-Muktha: Certain Aspects of their Music -RAVI & SRIDHAR
Brinda and Muktha had a thousand songs in their repertoire. The popular and the rare kriti-s of Tyagaraja and Dikshitar, the gems of Syama Sastry and Subbaraya Sastri, Anai-Ayya, Gopalakrishna Bharati, Arunachala Kavi, Subbarama Dikshitar, Ponnayya Pillai, Kshetrayya, Mysore Sadasiva Rao, Subbarama Dikshitar, besides innumerable javali-s were all in their possession.
Karubaru, a grand Tyagaraja song in Mukhari was their favourite. Today this song has become famous. Similarly Elavataramu in the same raga was a grand edifice of pure and deep melody. So was Sangeeta sastra gnanamu, again in Mukhari. In Todi, they knew many Tyagaraja songs including Tappi bratiki, Kotinadulu, Emi jesitenemi, Enduku dayaradura, Endu daginado, Kadatera rada, Munnu ravana, and Proddu poyenu. Manasu swadheenamai and Emi neramu in Sankarabharanam, Mundu venuka in Darbar, Nee bhajana gana in Nayaki, Seetavara sangeeta gnanamu in Devagandhari, Mummurtulu and E papamu in Athana were some of the other major pieces of Tyagaraja that received excellent treatment by Brinda-Muktha.
Most of the above mentioned pieces were sung by them in vilamba kala, the slow tempo. The kriti-s sounded so different, so ravishing, that it gave the lie to the theory that Tyagaraja kriti-s were all in madhyama kala. They had a number of short, delightful Tyagaraja compositions in rare raga-s in their repertoire. Tolinenu jesina in Kokiladhwani, Tanameedane in Bhooshavali, Vinave O manasa and Manasa manasaamarthyamemi in Vivardhini and Varasikhi vahana in Supradeepam are some of them. Muktha had the habit of singing these short pieces to put her daughter, nephews and nieces to sleep.
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