Sant Namdev’s Abhang - Anathancha Naatha…

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Dakshina Bharata Bhajana Sampradaya is the tradition of ritualistic singing of Bhajans in Tamil Nadu which started from the middle of 18th Century during the reign of Rajah Serfoji, one of the famous Maratha kings who ruled Thanjavur. It is a collection of traditional Kirtans, Abhangs and songs of great saints from all over India. The great masters who started this tradition of Bhajan-singing integrated the traditional Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindustani Bhajans and Marathi Abhangs into this South Indian Bhajan Sampraday – i.e., the established practice or custom or method of ritualistic singing of Bhajans. The sequence of songs that are to be sung as per this tradition is well formatted that it is followed even today without any deviation.

This is a simple Marathi Abhang by Saint Namdev (born in 1270) who was a great devotee of the Lord of Pandharpur and also a prominent religious poet of Maharashtra, one of the earliest writers who wrote in the Marathi language. It is believed that his depth of devotion and talent in delivering Abhangs was of such a high standard that it is said even the idol Lord Pandurang swayed to his tune. He is also a proponent of the Varkari tradition.

The regular pilgrim to Pandharpur is known as Varkari (meaning Pilgrim). Varkaris usually move in groups, irrespective of caste and creed, performing Bhajans and singing songs of saints, associated with Vitthal, the lord of Pandharpur also known as Paanduranga. The full moon day during the month of Kartik is an auspicious day for the Varkaris making Pandharpur Yatra. (Coincidentally for this year day before yesterday was Kartik Purnima).

Anathancha Naatha Deenancha Dayala is a prominent Namdev Abhang chanted in the South Indian Bhajan concerts in its short form. The first part is a Sanskrit verse meditating upon the Lord Vitthal and the second part is the Abhang. It is set in Raaga Vaasanti.

The meaning of both the verse and the Abhang goes like this…

I meditate upon that Lord Vitthala whose pair of feet is equivalent to the lotus flowers,
Who has the complexion of the dense blue cloud,
Who keeps his arms on his hips and who has a jubilant and decorative face,
Who is adorned with a garland of fresh _Tulsi
leaves on his neck, and who has lotus-like eyes,
And Who always sports a merciful immaculate smile._

Oh the guardian of the desolates! The protector of the poor!
The benefactor of the devotees! Oh Paanduranga!

Thou art the only lord Vitthal, my parental abode!
Oh Paanduranga, thou art the ocean of compassion!

Having faith on Lord Hari, Namdev says this
Jana (Janabai) says she would be His slave birth after birth.

Please pardon me for the low volume.

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Hemanth Kumar Pro user said

This is too professional mate…. your rendering or a original from a CD or something :-) !?

Simply soothing and perfect rendition…. How did you manage the chorus and the instruments and stuff….? All live recording??

Super bro…. thanks for the fab intro…. you seem to be a treasure trove of info :-) !!

Thanks much and kind regards,

Hemanth

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Saroj Nair said

very nice bhajan, ente perilanallo thudangiyittullathu ;)
excellent singing Giridharan

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thanks Hemant… It was a studio recording… Violin and Mrudangam are by my friends, who are professionals. The chorus is my own singing recorded differently four times, a simple technique mostly followed in studio recording…

Saroj… Ha ha….Ethayalum bhavathi aadyam thanne kettu comment passaakkiyathu ente bhagyam…
Thanks for the same…
Regards,
Giri.

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Hemanth Kumar Pro user said

Awesome Giri…. will get to know studio recording @ Chennai from you down the road :-)!

Thx much & kind regards,

Hemanth

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Latha Ganti Pro user said

So wonderful Abhang Giridharan ji !!hmm…. Whom to praise? The singer Or the Lyricst ?!So bhakthi & bhava filled rendition sir !!
These are all really wonderful Abhangs !! Have attended few Aruna Sai ram concerts.I am a big fan of her Theeratha Vithala,Bhakthajana vasthale Abhangs !!
So splendid composition it is … greatly performed by you sir.Thanks for sharing .

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you so much, Latha for your liberal shower of praise…
It’s all the support from nice people like you that gives me courage to post these songs here.
Regards,
Giri.

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Srikumaran Menon Pro user said

Excellent rendition…….Giri…….you have evoked great devotion in me by your soulful singing…….a wonderful treat to the ears………
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Thinkal govind kumar Pro user said

Giri…………
Soulful singing with lots of “Bhakthi Bhavam” !
Real devotional rendition that was quite mind-blowing !
LOVED this a lot !
Also would very much love to hear you singing this in a live concert !
GOD Bless !
Loving Best Wishes,
Thinkal Govind Kumar.

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Harish Nambiar said

Excellent rendition :)

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Sudha Kumar said

Beautiful abhang rendition, and lovely informative writeup, Giri. I love Marathi Pandhuranga abhangs. All those of you who attend live concerts in Chennai and other places in India by musical maestros like Aruna Sairam, you are so lucky. My Guru says one learns best from listening to pros in live concerts. Your performance has evoked the desire to listen even more now!! :-)


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Vimala chandrasekharan (busy) said

Hi Giri,
Wonderful rendition of this bhajan. Your singing took me to a spiritual plane:)And studio recording has indeed enhanced the quality of singing. Great!
Thanks for sharing the info about the south Indian bahjan tradition.
Vimala
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Harshan Nambiar Pro user said

Giriji….starting my morning listening to this divine rendition……so blissful…….loved it.
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Great effort sir….highly professional……keep it up….:-))

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Madhukar Mehta said

Giri ji;

Wow…. how divine !! Thank you for uplaoding this wonderful abhang…. what a way to start my Sunday!! You have been a source of knowledge thru your write ups and music in addition to your soulful renditions as a treat for our souls.

Simply outstanding, L+F

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Jivan Kohli (will be away for long--other commitment's..--busy on a learning mode---) said

Giridharan’ji….you have A superb Bass voice……And you Do the complete Home-work of your Rendition’s too……liked this soulful Abhang Rendition…….

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Tha Kathir said

Superp sir.

Really wonderfull to listen your performance.

Keep singing and sharing sir.
Tha
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Dj Wazif said

Kind of professional singing Giri ji…. full of difficult lower notes and the way you delivered them….just awesome…. I liked the way you translated these lyrics for those who don’t understand this language. You’re really doing nice job by singing and introducing this kind of work which has deep roots in our culture. Wonderful rendition…. keep sharing like that.

Wish you Gr8 Luck!

Please listen to my original here: Dekho Mausam

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you very much Sreekumaran ji, Thinkal Chetta, Harish, Tahy, Sudha, Vimala, Harshan, Dan, Madhukar ji, Jivan, Ammu, Tha, Rahul, Sarmi ji and Wazif……. for all of you liking my rendition and for being so generous to give finespun words of appreciation.
Kind regards,
Giri.

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Chandrakant Page (on & off) said

GIRIji….
Please accept my standing ovation. Hat’s off to the efforts you and your friends have taken for this…. right from your informative write up to each and every notes of yours in this rendition.

“I sing like I feel”. ….Chandrakant Page

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Muzaffar naqvi... Eid mubarak folks Pro user said

Sorry for my delayed response. I wanted to read your description more than once to grasp what I was expected to hear with a mood that suits listening such devoted songs. What a simple composition this is, surprises me how well it has been maintained even after such a long time. Your upload at 32kbps surprises me even more….how genuine it must sound at higher bit rates. Lovely soulful singing Bhai Giridharan….your voice can produce such a glamour even under most simplistic arrangement.
Best Regards.

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Srini S said

Very divine giridharan sir and loved your write up.Thanjavur is one of my fav places in south as its my mom’s native too.Thanks for uploading this wonderful abhang.I have attended many live programmes of arunaji here in chennai.Even two weeks back i attended a live abhang show of her here at music academy.Such a great artist she is.Thanks for sharing sir.Goodluck.

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Giriji, You have sung this Bhajan with immense devotional feel…for me it felt like I am sitting in a temple singing with you…thanks for sharing.

Thanks and Regards,
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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you Chandrakant ji, Naqvi ji, Srinivasan and Praveen ji for your kind words of appreciation. I just keep attempting something at a level possible by me, that’s all. Thank you for your support.
Regards,
Giri.

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Jenefa (inactive) said

So divine and beautiful, Giridharanji! Enjoyed listening and thanks for sharing!
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Siji Menon said

That was completely professional !!! What a divine feel !!!…the violin n mrudangam were also awesome n complemented ur singing well…:)

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Loknath Mishra said

awesome singing Giri sir….
very very sweet to listen…
sun ke bohot hi achha laga…
thanks….

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Adwait Ranade (away) Pro user said

Wow, Giri ji!
A perfect and timely upload. You have sung this abhang so well that I have no words to express. Enjoyed the very well written and informative introduction, too. Great to know that the Abhang is known in Tamilnadu, too.
Great!
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Rajeev Bhave said

Giri, I have listened to your uploads a few times in the past few days and just getting around to posting my comments. You have uploaded a spiritual composition with “gravitas”! Hats off to you for your indepth immersion in this Abhang. I was not aware of prevalance of Abhang’s south of Karnataka! Very nice presented and thank you for the write up as well!
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V.s. Gopalakrishnan said

Dear Dr.Giri,
This is wonderfully sung by a professional in his marvellous voice!!! Hats off! I loved this soothing Bhajan.
Cheers and regards!

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Satheesh Kumar nair said

Oh, this is a respite from the ruckus we create…:) cool and divine…

Satheesh

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Praveen (away) said

This is too good, Giriji. Absolutely divine and soothing. You have an amazing voice that can express these divine songs in a pure, sublime form.

Rgds,
Praveen

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you Jenefa, Siji, Loknath, Adwait, Rajeev, VSG ji, Satheesh and Praveen by honouring my attempt with your encouraging comments.
Kind regards,
Giri.

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Raisudeen ( little busy ) said

Hi Giridharan,
superbbbb….arumai…arumai,,,superbbbb voice…
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Kavitha kondapalli said

Wonderful Abhang Giridharan ji. It has been a long journey from ur upload… heard ur rendition… then, followed Latha garu’s comment and watched few Aruna Sai Ram’s Abhangs… in this regard… would like to share one of her live performance of the song Brindavane link for those who might not have heard it before… those aalaps and sangatis just moved me away…! from there…, found Morning Raga songs and finally came back :) All these are really new to me and I am really really enjoying them… your singing… recording… everything is fabulous!
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Latha Ganti Pro user said

Followed Kavitha Here :)
listening u again sir.
@Kavitha – Wonderful link.Thanks for sharing Brindavane Veenum ,Aruna Sairam in her absorbed singing… In Aruna Sai ram words – Brindavani Venu- While listening Krishna Venu gaanam ” the cow and tiger drank water from the same pond, forgetting their enmity…How wonderful !!

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you Raisudeen for liking the rendition.

Thank you Kavitha and Latha for your comments. I am glad that you started liking Abhangs. Aruna Sairam is a great Carnatic Music singer, no doubt, but the Abhang rendered by me here is in the style and tradition of group Bhajan-singing where less importance is given to Raga vistaara or even music per se. Repetitive singing, so that the Name of the Lord is chanted over and over, is the spirit of Bhajan singing (or rather you can say Bhajan chanting), as you may also know it. What I have rendered is just 1/4th of the original singing length of the Bhajan – only to give a sample of this genre.
Thanks a lot again for the excellent feedback.
Regards,
Giri.

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Krishnan N v ( nvk ) said

Very divine rendition…Loved it all way ….I appreciate your choice of songs…!!!!

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Hema Shamal Pro user said

WOW!So divine rendition!Thanks for introducing “Abhang”,excellent work indeed.

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Dinesh Mehta said

Outstanding rendition.

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Enjoy each breath with effortless balance.

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you NVK ji, Hema ji and Dinesh ji for your nice comments.
Regards,
Giri.

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Kumaran.k.k. ( i am back ) said

giridhar,

great timing n mixing…!!

perfect divine to start this week !!

sounds beautifully…!!

cheers !!
always yours,
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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you very much Kumaran for your kind comments.
Regards,
Giri.

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Gautam Parekh said

Divine & great rendition Giridharan Ji….Not familiar with it…But i liked it lot….Keep singing & sharing….L+F….Thanks so much….
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Jaya Ganapathy said

Thanks Giriji for sharing such a Ritual Rich Bhajan here with your great rich voice!
Get just merged with the Bhajan,
And feel get lost in Infinite Path of Light!!
God Bless you!!!
Jaya

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you very much Gautam and Dr.Jaya ji for your nice comments.
Regards,
Giri.

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Prakash Shenoy k said

Your Singing is really Good…. Are you a professional Singer?
Music has the healing Power

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Ramesh Tadi (catching up..) Pro user said

Giri, wonderful write up, beautiful compositin and very nice vocals. loved the soothing rendition…
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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you Dr.Prakash and Ramesh for your words of appreciation.
Regards,
Giri.

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Akshay Pujar said

great work sir loved it :)

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you Sohag and Akshay for your kind words…
Giri.

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Vinod Kumar (trying to catch up) Pro user said

Oh God !! how did i miss this?……sorry for coming in very late……it was totally divine….very well sung and recorded….Excellent is the word……God Bless……:)

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Anand Sawkar said

Giriji,
Wonderful rendition of this bhajan. Your singing took me to a spiritual plane And studio recording has indeed enhanced the quality of singing. Great feelings. Your marathi pronounce is very clear.

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you Vinod and Anand ji for your kind words of appreciation.
Regards,
Giri.

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Neil swanson.. Feeling better listening mode ! Pro user said

HI. Must agree with all comment.s u have
a very pleasant and soothing vocal a joy
to listen 2… even not knowing song or lang
keep sharing. god bless NEIL
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Hariharan said

Sri. Giridharan you have sung this most popular abhang so well with high devotion and bhavam. The raga Vaasanthi is such that it is capable to invoke bhakti on rendition. You do have the Blessings of Vittal to sing this abhang well. This is a short form of the original Abhang Lyrics. Hence I wish to add the missing lines. These two more lines comes as the 3rd stanza.OK
Stanza.3)
Krupecha saagara kaivalya udhaara
Rakkumaayeecha vara Panduranga.

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Giri∂hαrαη. u. r. Pro user said

Thank you Hariharan ji for your kind words of appreciation and blessings.
I am glad that you liked my humble attempt of this Abhang rendered in South Indian Bhajana Sampradayam style.

Kind regards,
Giri.

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Hariharan said

Giridharanji, very well sung with utmost Bhava and Bhakti, which is absolutely needed to render such great master piece composition of Sant Namdev Maharaj. Continue the efforts and wish you all the best. I wish to inform you that there is one more stanza (the 3rd stanza) to this great Abhang, which is commonly omitted by some singers. I request you to add this (extra)stanza also when you render this abhang next time. It goes like this:-
“krupecha sAgara kaivalya udhAra
Rakkumayee cha varu Panduranga "
With regards
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