An analysis of the Grand Composition of Muthuswami Dikshithar “Sree Subramanyaya Namasthe “in the Grand Raga Kamboji is attempted in this article. Dikshithar has composed this krithi in 2 Kalai Rupaka Talam. Perhaps, Dikshithar is the only composer who has composed krithis in 2 kalai Rupakam. Kamboji is an ancient raga mentioned in musical treatises like Sangeetha Ratnakaram,Sangeetha Makaranda, Sangeetha Samayasara. The raga has its name “Takkesi” in Tamil Pann and “Kamodari” in Kathakali Sangeetham.
This composition is a brilliant example showcasing the influence of the Hindustani dhrupad style of music in Dikshitar compositions. The Raga Kamboji which is capable of depicting several rasas like Bhakthi, Sringara, Karuna rasa can bring the feel of absolute surrender to the Lord. Sree Subramanyaya Namasthe – Deekshithar Krithi starts at Manthra stayi(lower octave) Dhaivatham as P..DS..R..G perhaps to highlight the implcit faith and surrender of the great Vaggeyakara to Lord Subramanya.
KambOji and the krithi Sree Subramanyaya Namasthe are synonymous !
Though Dikshithar is known to be a Devi Upasaka, his birth and beginning of the career as a vaggeyakara owes to Lord Subramanya. Though he shed his mortal coil while singing “Meenalocahni Paasa Mochani” in the Krthi Meenakshi Memudam in Purvikalyani, it can be seen that his Mukthi is also connected to Lord Subramanya – on the most auspicious Naraka Chathurdasi Thidhi / Deepavali day which is just 6 days before Skanda Shasti !