Kavadi chindu is a generic name for a variety of Tamil folk songs. They are
light compositions in Tamil which are popular for their simplicity, emotional
content and appeal.The songs have stanzas but no pallavi, anupallavi and charana divisions and
mostly are in praise of Lord Subramanya and are steeped in bhakti. The Kavadi
Chindu relies heavily on folk music. In music concerts Kavadichindu finds a
place at the tail end among the 'tukkadas'. The 'mudugu' or the quick rhythmic
tempo is a distinctive aspect of 'kavadi chindu'.
This album features some very rare melodies apart from the popular ones. The
Kavadichindu on Shiva is one such. A composition of Subramanya Bharati and two
others of Oothukkadu Venkatakavi are the other highlights of this album.
1. Kamam Agatriya -This is a rare
composition by Ramalinga Adigalar on Lord Shiva. The poet describes the various
attributes of Lord Shiva pays homage to the Lord in the form of a "jyothi" or a
huge flame of fire.
2. Nindranda Mayil â€" This is a composition
of Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaier. This beautiful song describes the impact of
Krishna's music on the birds, animals and gopis of Vrindavan.
3. Villinai Otha - Mahakavi Subramanya
Bharati, undoubtedly one of the most celebrated poets of Tamizh,wrote poems on
varied subjects. This song is in praise of Lord Muruga and describes his
marriage to Valli.
4.Azhagu Deivam -The Kavadi Chindu as a
genre of music, was popularized by Annamalai Reddiar, a great composer from
Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. This composition is in praise of Lord Muruga
of Kazhukumalai near Tirunelveli.
5. Kannan Varugindra â€" Oothukkadu Venkata
Subbaier's 'Kannan Varugindra Neram' is rich in poetic excellence and charming
melody. This song beautifully elucidates the excitement and anticipation of all
the creatures of Vrindavan awaiting Krishna's arrival.
6. Solladi Swamimalai - ThiruKutrala
Kuravanji was composed by Melagaram Thirikooda Rasappa Kavirayar in praise of
Lord Shiva and his consort during the 17th century. This song is an excerpt from
this composition where the kurati or gypsy girl plays the role of a sooth sayer.
Nattuvangam: N.Srikanth, Mridangam:
Dancers: N.Srikanth , Aswathy Srikanth,
Nikhil Raveendran, Sruti.B, Aparna Ashokan