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Kathakali Padam: Hantha Hamsame — Nalacharitham Onnam Divasam

  • May 19, 2021
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Kathakali Padam: Hantha Hamsame — Nalacharitham Onnam Divasam

Listen to a beautiful Kathakali Padam by famous Kathakali Sangeetham artist Kalanilayam Hari.

Set in Raga Saramathi, the song is from Nalacharitham Onnam Divasam Attakkatha. It describes the conversation of princess Damayanthi with a swan (Hamsam) that is the messenger between her and her lover king Nalan. 

Talking to Arpo, Mr Hari, who has been in the profession for over three decades wonders whether he sees a decline in importance of the lyrical aspects of Kathakai Sangeetham and overemphasis on musical aspects. 

Lyrics

ഹന്ത ഹംസമേ ചിന്തയെന്തു തേ 

എന്നുടെ ഹൃദയമന്യനിലാമോ 

അർണ്ണവം തന്നിലല്ലോ നിമ്നഗ ചേർന്നു ഞായം 

അന്യഥാ വരുത്തുവാൻ കുന്നു മുതിർന്നീടുമോ

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