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Sutta pazham or Sudaatha pazham?
Avvaiyar was one of thirty female authors during the Sangam period (300 BCE-300 CE). A contemporary of Thiruvalluvar, she penned Aathichudi and many verses in Kurunthokai, Akananuru and Purananuru.
Here’s a clip from Kanthan Aadal where Sudharshan Anna and I present an interpretation of Avviyar’s encounter with Murugan.
Commentary: Prof. Sudharshan Duraiyappah
Violin: Thirumathi Thanathevy Mithradeva
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thank you @jaybasky for being a rebel and capturing this though videography was prohibited.
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•Kanthan Aadal•
Thursday, April 19th at 7pm
Vocal: @saibruntha_s akka
Choreo: Narthaki Amma
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Do you not have the desire to see and show mercy to this devotee with your twelve eyes
If you do not be merciful and shower your grace, then who else will?
You are my mother and father, I believed that you are everything in my life
Oh Lord of all worlds, consort of Valli and Deivanai, Lord who rides the peacock. Oh Muruga.

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•Kanthan Aadal•
Thursday, April 19 from 7pm-9pm
Tickets can be purchased online at:
https://kanthanaadal.eventbrite.ca

Doors open at 6:30 pm. The recital will take place from 7-9 pm. Only a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door prior to the performance. #DancingWithYaliniRaja
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•Kanthan Aadal• practice session!
Thursday, April 19th at 7pm, Chinese Cultural Centre
Ticket info and link in bio⬆
Choreo: @yaliniraja
Myself on vocal

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A beautiful thirupugazh about Shanmugha (six faced Murugan)
ஏறுமயி லேறிவிளை யாடுமுக மொன்றே
ஈசருடன் ஞானமொழி பேசுமுக மொன்றே
கூறுமடி யார்கள்வினை தீர்க்குமுக மொன்றே
குன்றுருவ வேல்வாங்கி நின்றமுக மொன்றே
மாறுபடு சூரரை வதைத்தமுக மொன்றே
வள்ளியை மணம்புணர வந்தமுக மொன்றே
ஆறுமுக மானபொருள் நீயருளல் வேண்டும்
ஆதியரு ணாசல மமர்ந்த பெருமாளே
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Erumayil eri vilayadum mugam ondru
Eesanudan gnana mozhi pesum mugam ondru
Koodum adiyaargal vinai theertha mugam ondru
Kundruruva vel vaangi nindra mugam ondru
Maarupadu sooranai vadhaitha mugam ondru
Valliyai manam punara vandha mugam ondru
Aarumugam aanaporul nee arula vendum
Aadhi arunachalam amarntha perumaale
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One face which rides the peacock
One face which taught the mantram Aum to Lord Siva
One face which eradicates the sorrow of the devotees who chant his name
One face which took the spear to destroy mount Krauncham (mountain of Karma)
One face which annihilated the opposing Suran and his allies
One face which came to marry Valli
Through your blessings please tell me the significance of these six faces
Oh Lord! One who resides on mount Thiruvaanamalai
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•Kanthan Aadal•
Thursday, April 19th at 7pm
Vocal: @saibruntha_s akka
Choreo: Yalini
A beautiful thirupugazh about Shanmugha (six faced Murugan)
ஏறுமயி லேறிவிளை யாடுமுக மொன்றே
ஈசருடன் ஞானமொழி பேசுமுக மொன்றே
கூறுமடி யார்கள்வினை தீர்க்குமுக மொன்றே
குன்றுருவ வேல்வாங்கி நின்றமுக மொன்றே
மாறுபடு சூரரை வதைத்தமுக மொன்றே
வள்ளியை மணம்புணர வந்தமுக மொன்றே
ஆறுமுக மானபொருள் நீயருளல் வேண்டும்
ஆதியரு ணாசல மமர்ந்த பெருமாளே
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Erumayil eri vilayadum mugam ondru
Eesanudan gnana mozhi pesum mugam ondru
Koodum adiyaargal vinai theertha mugam ondru
Kundruruva vel vaangi nindra mugam ondru
Maarupadu sooranai vadhaitha mugam ondru
Valliyai manam punara vandha mugam ondru
Aarumugam aanaporul nee arula vendum
Aadhi arunachalam amarntha perumaale
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One face which rides the peacock
One face which taught the mantram Aum to Lord Siva
One face which eradicates the sorrow of the devotees who chant his name
One face which took the spear to destroy mount Krauncham (mountain of Karma)
One face which annihilated the opposing Suran and his allies
One face which came to marry Valli
Through your blessings please tell me the significance of these six faces
Oh Lord! One who resides on mount Thiruvaanamalai
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#DancingWithYaliniRaja
#YaliniRajaDanceVideos #bharatnatyam #dancerecital #torontoarts

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குமரனடி நெஞ்சே குறி | Kumaran adi nenje kuri
Video: Kalai Studios
Video edit by: @jaybasky
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With the guidance of my guru, Thirunangai Dr. Narthaki Nataraj, I am excited to present Kanthan Aadal on Thursday, April 19. Along with live accompaniment, we will be presenting an entire margam or repertoire based on Murugan, presiding deity over the Kuriniji lands. With references made to texts written by Arunagirinathar, Avvaiyar and other prominent Thamil scholars, through this recital we wish to show the different dimensions of Murugan and explore the reasoning as to why he is proclaimed to be a Thamil Kadavul or deity of the Thamil people.
Bearing the presence of the Thanjai Naalvar (Tanjore Quartet) and their descendants close to my heart, I am beyond privileged to present their compositions in this recital. An ultimate exploration of the works of legends past and what their significance is in today’s world.
#DancingWithYaliniRaja
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குமரனடி நெஞ்சே குறி | Kumaran adi nenje kuri
Tickets & event details in bio 🙏🏾
Video: Kalai Studios
Video edit by: @jaybasky
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With the guidance of my guru, Thirunangai Dr. Narthaki Nataraj, I am excited to present Kanthan Aadal on Thursday, April 19. Along with live accompaniment, we will be presenting an entire margam or repertoire based on Murugan, presiding deity over the Kuriniji lands. With references made to texts written by Arunagirinathar, Avvaiyar and other prominent Thamil scholars, through this recital we wish to show the different dimensions of Murugan and explore the reasoning as to why he is proclaimed to be a Thamil Kadavul or deity of the Thamil people.
Bearing the presence of the Thanjai Naalvar (Tanjore Quartet) and their descendants close to my heart, I am beyond privileged to present their compositions in this recital. An ultimate exploration of the works of legends past and what their significance is in today’s world.
#DancingWithYaliniRaja
#YaliniRajaDanceVideos #bharatnatyam #dancerecital #torontoarts

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•Kanthan Aadal•
Thursday, April 19th at 7pm

Taken at the ancestral home of the Thanjai Naalvar or Tanjore Quartet which consisted of brothers Chinnaiah, Ponniah, Sivanandam and Vadivelu (19th century).
The Tanjore Quartet were the forefathers of Bharathnatyam and the ones to codify the margam format, categorize adavus and introduce countless compositions which are still in practice today.
There was something so unique about sitting on the steps of Sivanandam Aiyya’s house with my teacher, Narthaki Amma. The same thinnai she took countless classes with her guru, Kitappa Pillai Thatha, who was a direct descendant of the Tanjore Quartet.
Kanthan Aadal will be just this. Exploring compositions and texts of poets and legends past and looking into what their significance is in today’s world.
Edited/Poster by: @jaybasky
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nandideva
through him to Peruvudaiyar
Also this nandi was the original nandi installed by the Cholas but later moved by the nayaks (via @srinigs)
photo by: Kalai Studios
edited by: @jaybasky
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•Kanthan Aadal•
Thursday, April 19
திருப்புகழ் | Thirupugazh (sacred praise)
தொக்குத் தொகு தொக்குத் தொகுதொகு
சித்ரப்பவுரிக்குத் ரிகட கெனவோதக்
-அருணகிரிநாதர் (est.13 century)
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Thokku thoku thokkuth thoku thoku
Chithrappavurikkuth thrigadaga ena odha
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He who choreographed this unique dance for the meter of 'thokkuththoku thokkuth thokuthoku thrikadaka'
-Arunagirinathar (est.13 century)
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உண்மையுமாய் இன்மையுமாய்க்
கோனாகி யான்எனதென்று அவரவரைக் கூத்தாட்டு வானாகி நின்றாயை என்சொல்லி வாழ்த்துவனே

You are truth and falsity. A puppeteer, while we are merely your puppets. With which words shall I praise you?
(Thiruvasakam, verse 15)
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Photo by: Kalai studios
Edited by: @jaybasky
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Dear friends,
I’d like to invite you to my recital, Kanthan Aadal, on Thursday, April 19. This recital will feature live accompaniment by Toronto based artists and commentary by Professor Sudharshan Duraiyappah. We are very excited to present this margam entirely based on Murugan.
Edited/Poster by: @jaybasky #DancingWithYaliniRaja
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About the recital:
We will be presenting a concise characterization of Thamil Kadavul (deity of the Thamil people), Murugan. According to Thamil literature dating back to the Sangam period (approx. 300 BCE-300 CE), Thamil land was divided into the following types: Marudam (agriculture), Neital (seashore), Mullai (forest/pasture), Palai (desert) and Kurinji(mountain/hill). The presiding deity over the Kurinji region was said to be Murugan. With references made to texts written by Arunagirinathar, Avvaiyar and a few other poets, through this recital we wish to show the different dimensions of Murugan and explore the resasoning as to why he is proclaimed to be a Thamil Kadavul.

|உலகெலாம்|
நிலவு உலாவிய நீர்மலி வேணியன்
-மாணிக்கவாசகர்
Nilavulaviya neermali veniyan
One who is illuminated by the crescent moon and Ganga adorned on His head
-manikkavasagar
Photo by local photographer named Maggie #DancingWithYaliniRaja

@saibruntha_s ・・・ I love exploring new things with @yaliniraja ! This time she wanted to do thirukurals and have me sing it in a virutham format.
Dance: @yaliniraja
Vocal: myself @saibruntha_s
Reposting from yalini's page:
Presenting two of Thiruvalluvar's Thirukural. Thirukkural (est.300 BCE) is a philosophical text outlining the values and virtues Thamils should follow. Within two lines and just seven words he shared his thoughts on ethics and morals that are still relevant to us today, regardless of ethnicity, religion or place. There are a total of 1330 kural/couplets which were further divided into 133 different chapters. The following two kural were pulled from Chapter 36 titled மெய்யுணர்தல் or Truth/Consciousness
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குறள் 351: பொருளல்ல வற்றைப் பொருளென் றுணரும்
மருளானாம் மாணாப் பிறப்பு

குறள் 352: இருள்நீங்கி இன்பம் பயக்கும் மருள்நீங்கி
மாசறு காட்சி யவர்க்கு
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Kural 351: Porulalla vatraip porulendru unarum
Marulaanaam maanaap pirappu
Kural 352: Irulneengi inpam payakkum
Marulneengi maasaru kaatchi yavarkku
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Kural 351: This delusion of mistaking worthless objects as of true value is the failure of life
Kural 352: Those who overcome the darkness and are free from delusion will attain open mindedness and see the world with clear vision
#DancingWithYaliniRaja #YaliniRajaDanceVideos
#singingwithsai #thirukkural #thiruvalluvar

I love exploring new things with @yaliniraja ! This time she wanted to do thirukurals and have me sing it in a virutham format.
Dance: @yaliniraja
Vocal: myself @saibruntha_s
Reposting from yalini's page:
Presenting two of Thiruvalluvar's Thirukural. Thirukkural (est.300 BCE) is a philosophical text outlining the values and virtues Thamils should follow. Within two lines and just seven words he shared his thoughts on ethics and morals that are still relevant to us today, regardless of ethnicity, religion or place. There are a total of 1330 kural/couplets which were further divided into 133 different chapters. The following two kural were pulled from Chapter 36 titled மெய்யுணர்தல் or Truth/Consciousness
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குறள் 351: பொருளல்ல வற்றைப் பொருளென் றுணரும்
மருளானாம் மாணாப் பிறப்பு

குறள் 352: இருள்நீங்கி இன்பம் பயக்கும் மருள்நீங்கி
மாசறு காட்சி யவர்க்கு
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Kural 351: Porulalla vatraip porulendru unarum
Marulaanaam maanaap pirappu
Kural 352: Irulneengi inpam payakkum
Marulneengi maasaru kaatchi yavarkku
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Kural 351: This delusion of mistaking worthless objects as of true value is the failure of life
Kural 352: Those who overcome the darkness and are free from delusion will attain open mindedness and see the world with clear vision
#DancingWithYaliniRaja #YaliniRajaDanceVideos
#singingwithsai #thirukkural #thiruvalluvar

Nachiyar Thirumozhi 💭...
Vaaranam aayiram suzha valam seidhu
Naarana nambi nadakinraan enredhir
Poorana porkudam veithu puramengum
Thoranam naatta kana kanden thozhi naan
-Written by Sri Andal, sole female Alvar (est. 7-8 century) ••••
Surrounded by one thousand elephants
Narayana was walking towards me
Received by golden poorana kumbams and flower streamers surrounded all around
This was the dream I dreamt, my dear friend..
#DancingWithYaliniRaja

பாயும் ஒளி நீ எனக்கு பார்க்கும் விழி நான் உனக்கு
-மகாகவி பாரதியார்
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Paayum oli nee enakku, paarkkum vizhi naan unakku
-Mahakavi Bharathiyar
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