tuza saguna mhanu ki nirgun re
saguna nirguna eku govindu re
anumane na anumane na
shruti neti neti mhanati govindu re
tuz sthul mhanu ki sukshma re
sthul sukshma eku govindu re
tuz dhrishya mhanu ki adhrishya re
dhrishya adrishya eku govindu re
nivrithi prakaashe dhyana deva bole
baapa rakhumadevi vara vittala re
A-bhang ie- unbreakable, pure or faultless. Abhang is usually sung in
praise of the Hindu god Krishna, also known as Vithala and Vithoba.
If you want to listen to more Abhangvani’s
click here to listen to the Great Bhimsen Joshi singing more Abhang in different ragas
This “abhang” was written in the praise of Lord Govinda by a 13th
Century poet philosopher and Yogi of the Nath Sampradaya, Sant
Dyaneshwar. Known for the body of his works “Bhavartha Deepika
Teeka” and his verse by verse commentary on the great Indian epic
Bhagavath Geetha. Sung in Raag Revathi (or Bairagi Bhairav) and set
to Theen taal the Sydhwanies sing the poet’s words where he is asking
Lord Krishna whether He is
Of form or Formless
Form or Formless you are one Govinda
Sizeable or fine
Sizeable or fine you are one Govinda
Visible or invisible
Visible or invisible you are one Govinda
Raag Revathi in South India is the janya of the 2nd melakartha Rathnangi.
In the North, called Bairagi Bhairav it is the janya of Bhairav Thaat. It comprises
of five notes in the ascending and descending order, SrmPnS – SnPmrS, It contains
Shuddha Ri and Kaishiki Ni or Komal Ri and Komal Ni. Revathi has a calming effect
and has its origins in the chanting of Sama Vedic Mantras.
Having said that, here is a favourite of Sydhwaney. The upcoming singer from
South of India, Vishaka Hari singing a modern composer’s Thillana.
The name of the composer is Lalgudi Jayaraman. Lalgudi it is said composed this Thillana,
a song made up of rhythmic syllables set to a complex arrangements.
No commentary is complete without the mention of the Queen of
Carnatic Music, MS Subbulakshmi. Hear her singing "Swami Sharanam Ayyappa"
The Poet says in Tamil "My devotion and love for you shall entice you to me".
Bombay Jayasree singing Purandara Dasar’s composition
"Yaadhava Ni Va, Yedhukula Nandhana, Madhava Madhusudana Baro"
The poet says "Yadhava, Come to me, Madhusudhana come, listen to my call".
The great Pakistani Khayal Singers, Fateh Ali Khan and Amanat Ali Khan sing Bairagi Bhairav.