Continuing with the Third Ubhaya Vakra Raga in the series.
Raga Rithigowla-a rakti raga- with a mesmerising melody is taken up with an Analysis of the Krithi Janani Ninivinaa by Subbraya Sastri, the son and disciple of the Great Syama Sastri. Both Syama Sastri and Subbaraya Sastri composed krithis and the highlight is the content of the krithi, which would literally be a personal conversation of a Child to his Mother ! The dialogues are mostly, “Who is there to take care of me other than you !”
In this particular composition, the composer addresses Goddess Parvathi as Kumara Janani – Mother of Lord Subramanya. Kumara is also the insignia or the mudra of the composer. His krithis are generally slow paced filled with beautiful swaraksharas. This particular composition is crowned with a beautiful Chittaswara Sahitya passage too.
Subbaraya Sastri is the only composer who composed in the styles of the Trinity. Syama Sastri was his father, Tyagaraja was his Guru and Muthuswamy Dikshithar was as friendly visitor to Sastri’s home. My humble prostrations to the legendary composers.
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