Here is a brief analysis of Bhairavi Ata Tala Varnam. These are taken from the notes handwritten by me. It is a scanned version to avoid the duplicate task of typing..
Bhairavi Ata Tala Varnam
The composer of the Bhairavi Ata Tala Varnam is Pachchimiriyam Adiyappayya who lived in the 18th century.He is the guru of Syama Sasthry, one of the trinities of the Carnatic Music. Adiyappayya is well known for contributing the musical form Tana Varna. For this reason, he is known as the “Tana Varna Margadarsi”. He was also a great Vainika.
Though Adiyappayya has composed many krithis and varnams, his varnam in Bhairavi raga “Viriboni”, set to Khanda Jathi Ata Talam, the first of its kind, remains unsurpassed. The Bhairavi Ata Tala Varnam contains the Dasavidha Gamakas and several prosodical beauties like Soochitha and Suddha Swaraksharas, Dwitheeyakshara prasa, Srothovaha, Gopuchcha and Sama Yati or Pipeelika Yati (resembles the marching of ants) etc.
A student of music learning this majestic varnam should know the beautiful embellishments or ornamentations particular to Raga Bhairavi present in this master piece composition.