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Asthapadi, Bengali love poem by Nanardhanan Nedungadi

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  • Cultures

    Kerala (Malayalee)

  • Shelf mark

    RK DAT 70

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  • Recording locations

    In performer’s house in Guruvayur, Kerala.

  • Performers

    Nanardhanan Nedungadi Asthapadi (singer, male)

  • Recordist

    Killius, Rolf

  • Description

    Mr Nanardhanan Nedungadi Asthapadi sings a part of the asthapadi starting with “Chandana Charchitha” and uses the Raga Kampodhi. 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. Nanardhanan Nedungadi is the resident asthapadi singer in the famous temple of Guruvayur. In this piece he indicates the beat with hand clapping. The artist speaks the south Indian language Malayalam.

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