Teliyaleru Rama – The Path To Devotion

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close