Tyagaraja’s songs stand out for their simple lyrics that resonate with the listeners. His songs are an outpouring of his emotions towards Lord Rama be they joy, love, grief, or even anger. In the song “Teliyaleru Rama”, Tyagaraja bemoans the fact that we do not know the path to Bhakthi (devotion).
Instead of seeking Lord Rama’s grace, the composer says people are more interested in making money—bAga paikam(u-) jana lOlulu-airE. Tyagaraja sings that people seem content to follow a good routine—waking up at dawn, taking a bath and applying their bodies with sacred ash and rose water—yet hanker for money rather than earn Rama’s grace.
Teliyaleru Rama is a composition in the raga Dhenuka. The raga is the 9th Melakartha (parent) raga.
I can think of none other than the veteran Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer singing this unique composition.