I have been thinking about initiating a thread on kanaka dAsa as a vAggEyakAra for about two years and finally attempted to initiate one on the Forum yesterday. It vanished into a blackhole before I could upload it. I am writing this again (this time on MS Word!) with a hope that this will trigger a good discussion on kanaka dAsa kRtis.
There are many semiclassical version cassettes and CDs of kanaka dAsa songs that are popular in karnAtaka households. I would like to see more classical renditions of kanaka dAsa kRtis in live concerts!
kanaka dAsa was a contemporary of purandara dAsa and was under vyAsarAya swamyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s tutelage during the same time as purandara dAsa. He is believed to have lived a long life of 98 years and lived a few years beyond purandara dAsaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s life span. He was born in a small place called byADa, near present day DhAravAra in karnAtaka.
There are many legends about kanaka dAsa such as the story behind his name being changed to kanaka, the story about kanaka leading an army in a battle, the episode with the young kanaka not eating his banana fruit and the famous episode about the uDupi kRSHNa temple (kanakana kinDi episode)
I would like to focus on kanaka dAsa, the poet and composer of many songs that are rich in lyrical values and poetic beauty. kanaka dAsaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s kRtis are deep in philosophical aspects also. One such song is nI mAyeyoLagO ninnoLu mAyeyO.
Much like purandara dAsa, kanaka dAsa mingled with the common man in the society and provided commentary on the prevailing social issues and human values. In doing so, he urged that one should lead life practising higher values.
kanaka dAsaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s songs can also be called padas or dEvara nAmas and can be grouped under the general umbrella of haridAsa sAhitya. His anikta was kAgineleyAdi kESava.
It is believed kanaka dAsa has also penned the poetic volumes hariBhakti sAra, mOhana tarangiNi and rAmadhyAna carite.
It is believed kanaka dAsa preferred the Eka nAda instrument while purandara dAsaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s choice was the tambUri.
purandara dAsa held kanaka dAsa in high esteem and has shown his appreciation for kanaka dAsa in the song kanaka dAsana mEle dayamADu.
In 1960 a kannaDa movie Bhakta kanakadAsa was made with an excellent background music scored by M Venkataraju and songs by P B Srinivas. Video clips are available on YouTube for such all time favourite songs as kula kula kulavendu hoDedADadiri, bAgilanu teredu sEveyanu koDo hariye, badukidenu badukidenu and ItanIga vAsudEvanu. VCD of this movie is available commercially.
I have read that Ankita book house in Gandhi Bazar, Bangalore has published a collection of 263 songs with the title kanaka dAsara janapriya kIrtanegaLu, edited by
H R Satya Narayan. I was pleasantly surprised to read that so many songs were available.
Ankita book house has also published Vidwan C K Shankara Narayana RaoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s book
sRi kanakadAsara kRtigaLu (with swara and sAhitya), which includes 54 songs.
Some of my favourite kanaka dAsa songs are:
1a nAnu nInu ennadIru hIna mAnava (I have great memories of my Father
Veena Raja Rao singing this song in sAma rAga. Sri. Shankara Narayana Rao has included this song in his book mentioned above)
1b. salladO kRSHNa salladO srI vallabha nInida nODi pAlipudO. Again very good memories of my Father singing this in dhanyAsi.
2. nammamma Sarade umA mahEshwari in mOhana rAga, popularized by VidyaBhuSHana.
3. ELu nArAyaNa Elu lakSHmI ramaNa in BhouLi. Nagamni SrinathÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s version is excellent.
4. bArO kriSHNayya
5. tallaNisadiru kaMDya tALu manave in kEdAra gowLa
6. ISa ninna caraNa Bhjane ASe inda mADuvenu "¦"¦"¦.
I hope this thread will grow rich with some uploads of good audio files!
Last edited by Sreeni Rajarao
on 05 Nov 2009 22:41, edited 1 time in total.