The bud that was the alarippu blossomed into a beautiful
flower in the varnam and the fragrance remained in the padham-s and the
javali-s. To retain the beautiful memories of music, movement,rhythm, and
colour is the thillana - a dance item of joy. It is short and crisp and is
one of the loveliest of musical forms which is very popular in the dance
forms as well. Thillana seems to have existed as early as the 16th century.
The very word has the rhythmic syllables thi-la-na which are in fact used in
the composition itself. According to another interesting idea the word
thillana could have been derived from dhil (heart) and lahlana (to make
happy, in Urudu); therefore dhillana or thillana. In Hindustani music,
another name for the thillana is tharana. As a musical composition, the
thillana has a pallavi, anupallavi and charanam. Sometimes it has only a
pallavi and a charanam or only a pallavi and a anupallavi. The thillana-s in
the dance forms use drum syllables. In the charanam, there is a short verse
of sahitya addressing a deity which concludes with the signature or mudra of
the composer. Track Information: Mayamalava Gowlai - Adi (In praise of Lord
Muruga), Bilahari - Adi (In praise of Meenakshi), Bagesri - Misrachappu (In
praise of Ganesha), Hamirkalyani - Roopakam (In praise of Varadarajan), Kapi
- Adi (In praise of Anjaneya), Sankharabaranam - Adi (In praise of Shiva),
Sivaranjani - Kanta Ekam (In praise of Mookambikai), Hamsanandhi - Adi (In
praise of Narasimha), Kanada - Adi (In praise of Karpagamba) and Desh -
Roopakam (In praise of Nataraja). Choreography: Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy.
Composed by: Vidwan Madurai.N.Krishnan. Rendered by: Sudha Ragunathan.