SPIRITUAL The verses have been explained and set to music. SUGANTHY KRISHNAMACHARI
T he musicality of the Divya Prabandhams is evident even in the choice of words. And when the verses are set to tune, it is a double treat. Sri Gayatri Narayana Trust has presented the meaning of the verses in simple Tamil, and this simplified version has been set to tune, in the light music genre.
The idea, according to Chennai-based Kavignar Koodal N. Raghavan, is to take the Azhwars' thoughts and those of commentators such as Periyavachan Pillai, to those not familiar with Divya Prabandham. The Trust has already published a book on the 108 Divya Desams. They have now come up with audio CDs for four Divya Desams. Here they have set to music verses that capture the essence of the Mangalasasana verses for the temple, and the commentaries on these verses.
While the intention is laudable, one cannot help wondering why some verses which are not difficult to follow had to be simplified too. Maybe the simplification could have been resorted to only in those verses where one might have difficulty in following.
Raghavan plans to bring out video CDs for all the Divya Desams, and to have his verses translated. Another ambitious plan is to produce a television serial on the lives of Vaishnavite Acharyas. He can be contacted at 09894063660.