Kalinga Narthana Tillana (Isha Yoga Center 2013) by Aruna Sairam



A Thillana is a special type of composition where the rhythmic aspect is emphasised by using special words and is best suited for dancing. This Thillana is one of the jewels of Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer’s compositions. He describes the dance of the Lord Krishna as a little boy on the ferocious five headed snake, Kalinga on the river Yamuna. After a long fight, the snake Kalinga begs forgiveness and escapes to a far away place, thus bringing safety to the lives of the villagers. Lord Krishna’s victory is symbolic of gaining control over the five senses, while the five headed snake begging forgiveness is symbolic of it being afflicted with the dreaded disease called ‘Ego’. This composition brings alive Lord Krishna’s victorious dance both aurally and visually.

Raga: Gambheera Nattai
Tala: Adi – 8 beats
Composer: Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer (1700 – 1765)
Language: Sanskrit

**Artists**
Vocal: Aruna Sairam
Violin: Padma Shankar
Mridangam: J. Vaidyanathan
Ghatam: S. Karthick
Tabla: Chandrajit
Flute: Vishnu
Sitar: Kishore

**Kalinga Narthana Tillana Lyrics**
Taam dhim tarana taam dhin takita
Taam dhim tarana taam dit takita dhigirtakita dhigir takita tadinginatom
Taam dhim tarana taam yamunaatadaaga pankeruhapada
Takita takita sarasa dala naya
Nayaka sayaka mudrita jayajaya
Taamita tajjam taka tajjam takadika tajjam taam
Deela manohara jaala vibushana
Nirata jalantara bujanga nartana
Neeraja tadaaga adika mrudulapada
Nikata taranga tunga tatanga
Nirdaka nirdaka taam tat taai
Taka tadimidhiyada taka
Taakita takajaga dhigirjaganandham
Takajaga takajaga dhigirjaganandham
Yamuna tataka tungatarangam
Himagarasnimita yamita subaangam
Itas tatastara karunapangam
Yadivara hrudaya saroruhabangam
Dinata tillana dinata tillana dinata tillana dhigirtakita tillana
Anakasindoora anakasringara madana gambeera
Urakapana sanchara
Nandasukumara navaneeta gaticora
Canda manihara jalabavavinutadeera
Jayavijayeebava nandakumara
Brajajanaparama nandakishora
Kaliyanatana nandagambeera
Karunarasayuga bavasareera
Dheem ta taam ta dheem ta taam ta taai (3)
Dimi tadimitakita janu
Jugunagu nandari tagunagu nandari
Dimita taku dimi tadimitakitajanu
Braja kumara mahimalanka
Vanamala pulandara krita kritadara
Ta jam ta taka jam ta taka nam ta tagurram(2)ta
(taku janantari tataku janantari
Taku janantari tadimitakitajanu) (2)
(arputa nardana chitrita mudrita vidyaka mudbhava marputamarputa (taku)) (2)
Vidisuta kala vidisuta seela gatisaya neela grudapadalola (taku)
Ta dimitakita dimitaka dimitakita dimitaka
Ta taai ta tom ta taai dimitakita tom tarikita tarikita (taku)
Ta dimi ti taiya tarikita taka taka jam
Adisaya suka mrudupadakara parta jam
Sarasa loka muralirava nada
Sakala loka sammohana geeta
Taku tinnan taka tinnan taka taka ta taai taanga ta taai ta
Dhigirtaka taka tinnan tanga tataai tanga ta taai ta
Kadam vapisalaya vilita noopura
Padam jalita kruta padatam
Tillana driga tillana drigadriga tillanakitatom
Ga tannan nangitatom ta tom ta taai ta tom
Taka takita tarikita taam ta deem ta tom ta taai ta
Gajoraga banda arpudanga sirashee calanam calanam
Druthanam idanam krudanam
Ida chandra vadangara kankana kincita nangananam
Vada rada rada dimi dimi junu junu taam
Ta taka tillanaka naka booshana
Takita tagas tatakabudakara mandas
Mitakara hara booshita pada yugala hari
Jayavijayeebava nandakumara
Brajajanaparama nandakishora
Kaliyanatana nandagambeera
Karunarasayuga bavasareera
Madamadhukara madhupadaralasama nayana kamaladalacalanamunihrudaya mapi
Cora jaakara dayaakaraa muraari sreekara

**About Aruna Sairam**
Aruna Sairam (Padma Shri) is a Carnatic vocalist, composer, collaborator, humanitarian, and speaker. In addition to her performances in India, Aruna has taken Carnatic music to the global arena, at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Currently Vice Chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Delhi, she was appointed in 2008 by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as Advisor to the Department of Culture. Aruna works towards the musical education of underprivileged students, through the Nadayogam Trust, which she founded in 2011. Aruna is grateful for the training she received under her mother Rajalakshmi Sethuraman and the legendary T. Brinda, and the mentorship from several masters throughout her musical journey. Her music erased geographic borders when she was the first to incorporate Abhang, a Western Indian musical form, into a traditional, South Indian concert.

**Stay Up To Date**
Official Website:
Like on Facebook:
Subscribe on YouTube:
Follow on Twitter: