Antha Vaakkum

This tune was selected as the model for global learning. Of course you may simplify it for groups and youth.

Credit goes to the Tiruvadi Niliyam in Toronto for sponsoring these beautiful recordings by the All Ceylon Radio Singers in Colombo.

  • Genre: natchintanai Deity: Guru
  • Artists: M.S. Selvarajah
  • Transliteration

    pallavi

    antha vaakkum poytthu pohmoh
    aasaan nalloor veethiyil aruliya

    anupallavi

    intha aanmaa nitthiyam endra

    saranangal

    mangaiyar aadavar maintharkal koodi
    magil.nthum pugal.nthum varathanai theydi
    vanthanai puriya varuvaar kohdi
    senthamil. naavalan sellappan sonna

    theyngaai ilaneer theengani kondu
    thiruvadi thondu seivathai kandu
    aimbulan adangi nindravar undu
    aararivaar ena aasaan sonna

    gauri manohgari aananthaacchi
    kamala aacchi sellaacchi aivarum
    uvanthu seyvadi kumbidum utthaman
    thavatthai seithida thanthidum aruley


    Original Script

    அந்த வாக்கும்

    பல்லவி

    அந்த வாக்கும் பொய்த்துப் போமோ
    ஆசான் நல்லூர் வீதியி லருளிய

    அநுபல்லவி

    இந்த ஆன்மா நித்திய மென்ற

    சரணங்கள்

    மங்கைய ராடவர் மைந்தர்கள் கூடி
    மகிழ்ந்தும் புகழ்ந்தும் வரதனைத் தேடி
    வந்தனை புரிய வருவார் கோடி
    செந்தமிழ் நாவலன் செல்லப்பன் சொன்ன

    தேங்கா யிளநீர் தீங்கனி கொண்டு
    திருவடித் தொண்டு செய்வதைக் கண்டு
    ஐம்புல னடங்கி நின்றவ ருண்டு
    ஆரறி வாரென ஆசான் சொன்ன

    கௌரிம னோகரி ஆனந் தாச்சி
    கமல ஆச்சிசெல் லாச்சி ஐவரும்
    உவந்து சேவடி கும்பிடு முத்தமன்
    தவத்தைச் செய்திடத் தந்திடு மருளே





    Translation

    refrain

    those - words also - become a lie - will they?
    Master - Nallur temple - in premises - graciously spoke

    short refrain

    this - soul - eternal - thus said

    verses

    women - men - children - joined
    with joy - praising - boon-giver - in search of
    obeisance - to offer - will come - crores (1)
    chaste tamil - scholar - Sellappan - said

    coconut - tender water - sweet fruit - with
    Holy Feet - service to - rendering - to see
    five senses - in control - have stood - there are such, indeed
    who knows - thus - Master - said

    Gowri - Manogari - Aanandaacchi
    Kamalaacchi - Sellaacchi (2) - all five
    blissfully - perfect Feet - worshipping - O Honourable One
    penance - to perform - grant - grace, indeed

    Footnotes:
    (1) 1 crore = 10 million
    (2) Names of the Goddess


    * Model for Study: A major impediment to the spread of Natchintanai has been the diversity of melodies used for any given song. Hindu music is very creative and professionally trained Carnatic singers have a great deal of freedom for improvisation, much like modern western jazz musicians. But this leaves the average lay person with a big problem as well as teachers of groups or children when they come to learn the song. "How should we sing it? What is the tune?" To facilitate the dissemination of Yogaswami's songs the Swamis at Kauai Aadheenam have selected standardized tunes. Wherever possible we have tried to source these melodies from the Sri Lankan Jaffna community itself. Sometimes a complicated carnatic melody by a professional Jaffna Tamil singer has been simplified. (Gamakams are reduced for children) In cases where melodies are not known or are "boring" from a modern youth angle, we have adopted a more rhythmic, upbeat melody. We have to give credit to the Tiruvadi Niliyam (Jaffna Sai Baba devotees) who have sponsored some recordings by the All Ceylon Radio Singers for leading the way in this regard. These are good examples of Yogaswami's songs sung in a pleasing style. It is well known that Yogaswami himself did on occasion tell his devotees to sing such-and-such a Natchintanai song according to the melody of a song sung by one of the current popular devotional singers of his day. The melodies for many Natchintanai have yet to be selected for groups and children. If you would care to suggest some tunes we would very much appreciate your suggestions. Please email studyhall@hindu.org