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Asthapadi, Bengali love poem by KP Sivaraman Pooduval

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  • Cultures

    Kerala (Malayalee)

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    RK DAT 66

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  • Recording locations

    In the house of KP Sivaraman Pooduval, Cherplussery, Malapuram district, Kerala.

  • Performers

    KP Sivaraman Pooduval (singer, male)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Mr KP Sivaraman Pooduval sings the final part of an asthapadi starting with “Pralaya Payodhi Jalae”. Asthapadi (eight stanzas) is a Bengali love poem originally written in Sanskrit and generally known as Gita Govinda. This poem describes the amorous adventures of the legendary love couple Krishna and Radha. Generally the performance of ashtapadi is regarded as part of the Malayalee vocal genre Sopanam Sangeetam, though asthapadi is rendered in Sanskrit while all other Sopanam songs are sung using the south Indian language Malayalam. Musical style and rhythm structures of both genres are the same. KP Sivaraman Pooduval is a well-known solo centa artist in Kerala and sings and plays daily for the devotees in his local temple. His son-in-law supports Sivaraman on the cennala plaque. The artists speak the south Indian language Malayalam.

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