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Aspects of Krishna - Balakrishna

Songs in praise of the lovable young Krishna in connection with Janmashtami on September 2.

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Aspects of Krishna - Balakrishna

Songs in praise of the lovable young Krishna in connection with Janmashtami on September 2.

The tender face of the child-Krishna has inspired a thousand and more beautiful verses in Indian literature. He has been the epitome of enchantment and love even as a child. The unflinching love the people of Vrindavan showed the divine toddler who fought demons made him occupy a very special place in their hearts. Yet, he was described to be as normal as any child with his pranks and smart replies. The image of Balakrishna has been the muse for many sculptures, and temples abound in India depicting that phase of Krishna’s life. The way in which the infant Krishna was dressed, the way he crawled, his love for butter - everything about him is lyrical and musical, from the way it has been illustrated, particularly in Carnatic Music. The most charming songs are about the Baalya or childhood of Krishna. It could be said that many composers deviated from their love of their ishta daiva to sing and write about Krishna. Tyagaraja has very few compositions on Krishna; yet, they have remained very unique in the subject Tyagaraja uses to glorify him. It is however interesting that there are no available compositions of Syama Sastri on Krishna. Among other pre-trinity composers and their works, Haridasa sahitya dominates when it comes to its share of songs on Krishna. There’s a flourish of Oothukkadu Venkatasubbier’s songs about Krishna’s various exploits and his description of the Lord, the shringara-laden Jayadeva’s Ashtapadi, and Sadashiva Bhahmendra’s songs with deep philosophical undertones, among the compositions that many wrote on Krishna. Here is a selection of popular kritis by various composers, mostly about Balakrishna.

Songs in this Program