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Chapter 24: Song Practice (IX)

 

During the month of Kartika (the Vaisnava month of Damodara), the eight verses glorifying Lord Krsna in the form Damodara is sung. Unlike any of the songs that were studied before, this song is set in Bangla ektal (some will play this as dadra tala). While Bangla ektal is twelve beats per cycle and dadra is six beats per cycle, overall, it has a waltz style that counts in threes. Please keep this in mind when practicing this song.

 

Another unique feature of this song is the use of off-beats. Off-beats are whole matras that start and terminate in the middle of the matras in a cycle. Look at Line 2 of the asthayi. Notice how the syllable ma starts off at the half-way point in matra 1, and ends at the half-way point at matra 2. The ma is held for one beats worth, but it does not evenly fall on any of the beats of the cycle. In practicing, try saying each line as if the tempo slowed down and saying everything in half-time.

 

Therefore Line 2 would be said as:

na-ma-a-mi-sva-a-ram-m-sa-ac-ci-i

 

Structurally, this is a very simple, asthayi-antara repetition. The colored lyrics represent a relatively common pattern known as antara-antara-asthayi which is used for many astakams and or long stotrams.

 

FORM A:

 

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

S

g

S

g

m

m

P

na

ma

mi

sva

ram

sa

ci

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

S

g

S

P

m

-

-

da

nan

da

ru

pam

 

 

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

S

g

S

g

P

m

g

la

sat

kun

da

lam

go

ku

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

R

R

g

r

S

-

-

le

braja

ma

na

a

am

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

P

P

P

P

P

d

P

ya

so

da

bhi

yo

lu

kha

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

m

m

g

P

m

-

-

lad

dha

va

ma

na

a

m

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

S

g

S

g

P

m

g

pa

ra

mr

stam

at

yan

ta

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

R

R

g

r

S

-

-

to

drut

ya

go

pya

a

a

 

 

FORM B:

 

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

P

S

S

S

S

r

S

i

ti

drk

sva

li

ra

bhir

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

n

n

d

n

P

-

-

a

nan

da

kun

de

 

 

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

m

d

d

d

P

m

g

sva

gho

sam

nir

maj

jan

tam

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

R

R

g

r

S

-

-

a

khya

pa

yan

tam

 

 

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

P

S

S

S

S

r

S

ta

di

ye

si

ta

jne

su

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

n

n

d

n

P

-

-

bhak

tair

jit

at

vam

a

m

X

 

 

2

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

m

d

d

d

P

m

g

pu

nah

pre

ma

tas

mam

sa

0

 

 

3

 

 

7

8

9

10

11

12

R

R

g

r

S

-

-

ta

vrt

ti

van

de

e

e

 

LYRICS:

(1)

namāmīśvaraḿ sac-cid-ānanda-rūpaḿ 
lasat-kuṇḍalaḿ gokule bhrājamanam 
yaśodā-bhiyolūkhalād dhāvamānaḿ 
parāmṛṣṭam atyantato drutya gopyā

 

(2)

rudantaḿ muhur netra-yugmaḿ mṛjantam 
karāmbhoja-yugmena sātańka-netram 
muhuḥ śvāsa-kampa-trirekhāńka-kaṇṭha
sthita-graivaḿ dāmodaraḿ bhakti-baddham

 

(3)

itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe 
sva-ghoṣaḿ nimajjantam ākhyāpayantam 
tadīyeṣita-jeṣu bhaktair jitatvaḿ 
punaḥ prematas taḿ śatāvṛtti vande

 

(4)

varaḿ deva mokṣaḿ na mokṣāvadhiḿ  
na canyaḿ vṛṇe haḿ vareṣād apīha 
idaḿ te vapur nātha gopāla-bālaḿ 
sadā me manasy āvirāstāḿ kim anyaiḥ

 

(5)

idaḿ te mukhāmbhojam atyanta-nīlair 
vṛtaḿ kuntalaiḥ snigdha-raktaiś ca gopyā 
muhuś cumbitaḿ bimba-raktādharaḿ me 
manasy āvirāstām alaḿ lakṣa-lābhaiḥ

 

(6)

namo deva dāmodarānanta viṣṇo 
prasīda prabho duḥkha-jālābdhi-magnam 
kṛpā-dṛṣṭi-vṛṣṭyāti-dīnaḿ batānu 
gṛhāṇeṣa mām ajam edhy akṣi-dṛśyaḥ

 

(7)

kuverātmajau baddha-mūrtyaiva yadvat 
tvayā mocitau bhakti-bhājau kṛtau ca 
tathā prema-bhaktiḿ svakāḿ me prayaccha 
na mokṣe graho me sti dāmodareha

 

(8)

namas te stu dāmne sphurad-dīpti-dhāmne 
tvadīyodarāyātha viśvasya dhāmne 
namo rādhikāyai tvadīya-priyāyai 
namo nanta-līlāya devāya tubhyam

 

UPDATED: June 18, 2009