Purandara Dasa and B.V. Karanth – Dasara Padagalu from Sattavana Neralu (2002)

This selection is courtesy of dear friend and connoisseur of good music, Saudadero. He introduced me to this record a while ago and I found myself enjoying it so much I insisted on asking him if we could share it with masses in Flabberland. The description below is all his.

Purandara Dasa and B.V. Karanth – Dasara Padagalu from Sattavana Neralu (2002)

01. jO jO [3:19.30]
02. kuruDu naayi taa [2:47.44]
03. giNiyu pa.njaradoLilla [4:26.84]
04. aadaddella oLite aayitu [2:56.05]
05. naa Do.nkaadarEnu [1:15.22]
06. ibbarhe.nDira [2:05.94]
07. naagana [1:56.45]
08. gOvi.nda viTThala [2:16.80]
09. enaguu aaNe [1:47.33]
10. ninna.ntha svaami [1:12.84]
11. illiralaare [2:18.22]
12. nageyu baruthide [1:53.69]
13. Do.nku baalada naayakare [2:10.02]
14. loLa loTTe [1:44.52]
15. aachaaravillada naalige [2:04.12]
16. muppina ga.nDa [2:46.41]
17. holeya ba.ndane.ndu [1:13.85]

Purandara Dasa (1484 – 1564) (sometimes spelled as a
single word) was one of the most prominent
composers of South Indian classical music–
known as Karnatak (Carnatic) music and is widely
regarded as the “father of Karnatak Music”. He is
part of the Bhakti (devotional) tradition of medieval
India. He signed his compositions with the mudra (pen
name), “Purandara Vitthala” (Vitthala is one of the
incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu). About 1000 of
his works are extant; they are mostly in Kannada,
while a few are in Sanksrit. They include many that
are standard in South Indian classical concerts.

B.V. Karanth (1928 – 2002) was a major theatre and
film personality from India. Throughout his life he
was director, actor and musician of modern Indian
theatre and one of the pioneers of Kannada and Hindi
new-wave cinema. He uses sound and music very
innovatively in his plays and films. An important
concept originated by him is that of a “soundscript”
for a play or film that parallels the script.

One of the celebrated plays he produced was The Shadow
of the Dead Man (in Kannada: Sattavana Nerlu). In it he
used many works of Purandara Dasa in a highly creative
fashion. Bootlegs of the soundtrack have been
circulating for many years. Just after he passed away,
the record company RPG had the brilliant idea of
releasing the songss as a CD to honor his memory.
The songs are sung by B.V. Karanth himself, with
chorus voices, and were originally used by actors
in their rehearsals.

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