The Waves of ecstasy

Published on April 15, 2015 13:35:35 PM
Saint Narayana Tirtha composed his magnum opus, the dance drama Krishnalila Tarangini or literally the ocean of the deeds of Krishna, in Sanskrit, to make an invaluable contribution to the existing corpus of Bhakthi literature on Krishna. The work is a abridged addition of the bhagavatha, which is the authentic text on Lord Krishna’s life and his supremacy as the Lord of the universe. But the difference is his treatment of the story as a dance drama, led to the spread of the Krishna cult all over Tanjavur delta, area in which he was settled.

As Narayana Tirtha belonged to Guntur in Andhra, he indicated this fact in his preface where he praises Lord Narasimha of Mangalagiri in Guntur and he praises Lord Nrisimha of Sobhanadri in the adjoining area of Guntur in his songs on the deities .Later he migrated to Varahur in Tanjavur district, where he composed his works like Krishnaleela tarangini and Parijatapaharanam, interestingly all dance dramas.

Each song of the work is compared to a wave in the ocean of bliss called the story of Krishna. Many songs of the Tarangini form a part of the kuchipudi reportoire.Dancers performing the songs from the Tarangini dance on a plate made of brass, moving their feet to the rhythm or the talam.
This way, the Krishnalila Tarangini and Saint  Narayana tirtha earned a place in the pantheon of classic works in Sanskrit literature and also in dance repertoire.