Bhajans

Songs of the Saints

Bhajans in various languages from the saints as well as modern composers.

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Songs of the Saints

Bhajans in various languages from the saints as well as modern composers.

A bhajan is any type of Hindu devotional song. It has no fixed form. It is normally lyrical, expressing love for the Divine. The name, a cognate of bhakti, meaning religious devotion, suggests its importance to the bhakti movement that spread from the south of India throughout the entire subcontinent in the Moghul era. Anecdotes and episodes from scriptures, the teachings of saints and descriptions of gods have all been the subject of bhajans.

Traditions of bhajan such as Nirguni, Gorakhanathi, Vallabhapanthi, Ashtachhap, Madhura-bhakti and the traditional South Indian form Sampradya Bhajan each have their own repertoire and methods of singing. Sampradaya Bhajan It is the collection of Kirtanas (songs) and Namavalis (songs composed of names of Hindu gods like Lord Rama, Lord Krishna etc.) in a specific order.

Marudhanallur Sadguru Venkataramana Swamigal was instrumental in establishing the format and had chosen the songs himself. Later Pudukottai Gopala Krishna Bhagavathar, and Krishna Premi were instrumental in identifying the Kirtanas and Namavalis that are to be sung in any bhajan and their evolution. Swami Haridhoss Giri was one of the principal exponents of the Dakshina Bharatha Sampradaya, and is regarded by the bhajan fraternity as the main reason for this traditional form of art spreading worldwide and reaching the masses, The trinity of gurus with regard to bhajans are Bodhendra Swamigal, Sridhara Ayyaval and Marudhanallur Sadguru Swamigal. The Sampradaya bhajana paddhati has mainly evolved due to the tradition and efforts of Marudhanallur Sadguru Swamigal.

Source: Wikipedia.

Songs in this Program