Myths and Legends associated with music in the novel Mandra of SL Bhyrappa

In Indian mythology, Goddess Sarasvatī, and Śiva in the form of Naṭarāja, are the presiding deities of music and dance. ‘Om’ is the mystic symbol, also called ‘praṇava', that helps to attain spiritual perfection through chanting. SL Bhyrappa's novel ‘Mandra’ includes these mythical aspects of music and dance and explores their spiritual and social dimensions. The myth about music, which claims that it has immense power over natural phenomena and the five elements - rain, fire, earth, sky and air - is concretised in the historical legends about Tansen and Swami Haridasa.

National Freedom and Poetic Inspiration

Would somebody ask what’s the relationship between national freedom and poetic inspiration? Those who believe that freedom is related to our individual lives must equally believe that it is related to poetry (in the sense of literature) as well; this is because there is not an inch of space on the stage of human life which does not invite the poet.  Everywhere our minds can go, the poet has an entrance there. The ups and downs of the life of our hearts is poetry.

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದ ಮೇಲೆ ಬಂಗಾಳದ ಪ್ರಭಾವ

ಸಾವಿರ ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಗೂ ಮೀರಿದ ಕನ್ನಡಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಚರಿತ್ರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತನೆಯ ಶತಮಾನದ ನವೋದಯಸಾಹಿತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಪುನರುಜ್ಜೀವನದ ಸುವರ್ಣಯುಗವೆಂದು ಹೇಳಬಹುದು. ಈ ಕಾಲದ ಅನೇಕಕವಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಲೇಖಕರು ಬಹುಭಾಷಾಕೋವಿದರಾಗಿದ್ದುದಲ್ಲದೆ ವಿವಿಧಪ್ರಾದೇಶಿಕಭಾಷಾಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಗಳ  ಸಮೃದ್ಧಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕಝರಿಗಳಿಂದ  ನೇರವಾಗಿ ಸ್ಫೂರ್ತಿಗೊಂಡು ಬಗೆದುಂಬಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಆ ಹೊತ್ತಿಗೆ ನಿಂತ ನೀರಾಗಿದ್ದ ನಮ್ಮ  ತಾಯ್ನುಡಿಯ ಹೊಳೆಯ ಹರಿವನ್ನು ಹೊನಲಾಗಿ ಹಿಗ್ಗಿಸಿದರು.

The ritualistic walking on burning coals and other myths in SL Bhyrappa's novels

Ritualistic walking on burning coals is one of the popular rites that is still observed in many places. In ‘Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane’, too this ceremony takes place. The ritual is also described elaborately in ‘Nayi-Neralu’. This is a ritual that is conducted once a year, in front of the temple dedicated to the Goddess. Many people take religious vows to walk on live coals, and pray to the goddess for fulfilment of their wishes.

Krishnakarnamrutam - 1

The current series examines the literary and aesthetic value of the verses of Kṛṣṇakarṇāmṛtam and wherever possible, touches upon their application to music, dance and painting. The present part gives a brief introduction to the poet, his work and describes a few verses.

“ಧ್ವನ್ಯಾಲೋಕಲೋಚನ”ದ ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ವೈಶಿಷ್ಟ್ಯಗಳು - 1

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In the World of Allegorical Poetry - Bhallatashatakam

Alam ativistareṇa. Let us delve right in.

नन्वाश्रयस्थितिरियं तव कालकूट
केनोत्तरोत्तरविशिष्टपदोपदिष्टा ।
प्रागर्णवस्य हृदये वृषलक्ष्मणोऽथ
कण्ठेऽधुना वससि वाचि पुनः खलानाम् ॥

O Kālakūṭa poison, who taught you to ascend to newer, better heights?
First you were submerged deep in the ocean,
Then you rose to live in Śiva's throat
And now you’re everywhere, in the words of scoundrels!

In the World of Allegorical Poetry

Literature has for its aim the creation of rasa, the aesthetic experience; it does not admit any other purpose. Bhaṭṭanāyaka stated this point blank – kāvye rasayitā sarvo na boddhā na niyogabhāk, ‘Literature offers enjoyment to every reader; as far as it is concerned, there exists neither an instructor nor an adherent.’ However, it is, at times, touted as a tool to prompt societal reform. This view is current not just among literary critics but also among the lay.