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Sunday, October 18, 2009


During the recent Navarathri golu visits, we were treated to "Muddu Gare Yashoda". Both Jr. and the little one were so impressed by the A. akka's singing that they came home and asked me to teach them the song.

Having no clue as to the telugu lyrics or the tune, but remembering only the first line, found the clip on youtube, sung by Priya Sisters. They sing it sooooo beautifully. (note how the percussionists just stop at the right time to let them sing the last few words in each paragraph!.. just brilliant)

After watching this twice a day for almost two weeks now, they are singing it.

Note, that their Talams are impromptu and made up. While Jr. has been going to music classes for almost three months (she is learning dhattu varisai now) and has some idea of scales, sruthi and taalam, the little one is just trying to imitate the video and what she sees her sister do in class or at home.

The little one is also a lot more bold and is not afraid to look into the camera and sing. She is definitely going to get music lessons next year. (Jr. is also not very co-operative these days when it comes to doing anything in front of the camera. She deliberately makes faces while singing!)

A big thanks to A. Akka for singing this during Golu. Not every kid sings when their parents ask them to and with that kind of sincerity. When Jr. and the little one grow older, it would be a blessing if they oblige our requests like that!

On the lighter side, the kids were asking me for the meaning of the song. Found the meaning from the web and taught them bits and pieces. Here is a conversation during the earlier lesson..

Jr. : who is Yashoda?

Me : Krishna's mom. He had two moms. One who gave birth to him and one who raised him?

LO : I have only one mom. How can someone have two moms?

Me : You see "Dinosaur Train" right? In that Buddy the T. Rex is raised by a Pteranodon mommy right? Same thing. Krishna was given to Yashoda to be taken care of, but Devaki was the one who delivered him!

LO : But why does Devaki want to kill Krishna?

Me : !!!!! Where did you get that story? Devaki loves Krishna..

LO and Jr. : Because it says "Devaki suttudu.. Devaki suttudu" and suttudu means shoot someone with a gun and kill them!

Me : (ROTFL) The song is in Telugu, not Tamizh. It is suthudu and not suttudu. Suthudu means "son of". They are singing "Krishna, son of Devaki"!

Now the kids are getting used to Telugu words..


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:38 AM, Anonymous Dilip wrote...

Nice to see you back in action. The Narayanan sisters have lot of potential to be as good as Priya sisters.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 1:37 AM, Blogger visithra wrote...

awww so cute - little one definetlly is eating up the camera - happy deepavalli to all of u ;)

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 4:16 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

Aww man !! ROTFL ! Well this is indeed the times we live in. The AK 47s and all !!

On another note, this is some creative linking that you do. Between Krishna Devaki and T.Rex !

I am quite curious to know what connections will be called in, when it comes to Radha !

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:46 AM, Blogger Me wrote...

LOL! LO is awesome...you should group this, the aaloo post and such pieces under some tag...

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

It is amazing sisters have learnt this in a short while. This song is definitely one of the best.
A. Akka is used to a lot of words , Telugu being her mother tongue. I am happy A. Akka is the inspiration.
Kudos to sundar for taking time to teach the kids
including the meaning.
My mailman says you open different doors for kids.
Who knows?

Good luck to the Narayanan sisters.


I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:20 AM, Blogger Veena.N.K wrote...

Rombha sweeta padaradhu rendum, especially the little one!

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 12:08 AM, Blogger Ayoob Khan wrote...

I would like to thank to Mr.Sundar Narayan ji, Im basic learner on keyboard it will be very useful for basic carnatic music on guitar. I am awaiting for this chart.. its very useful for me thank u thank u very much sir.


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