Mar 5, 2011

Thyagaraja's Disciple

Pardon my treason!

I sang your eloquent verses,
I pleaded in therapeutic ragas,
I served the lotus feet of your beloved, Rama -
but I couldn’t spurn wealthy concerts.

I am sacrilegious! Shun me.
I didn’t sing your praise!
I was lost in my voice.
I used your rants to seek Him,
it gave me a sublime experience,
a lofty name to fame.

To cleanse my profanity,
I attended every aradhanai,
in Thanjavur and Cleveland,
poured tears into your pancharatna krithis,
But, pardon my irreverence!
I was sponsored.

Rajashree Anand

Thyagaraja - One of the greatest composers of Carnatic music or classical South Indian music
aradhanai – worship/prayer
pancharatna krithis – the five noted compositions of Thyagaraja in Telugu

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