Festival time again! The annual brahmotsavam at the Kapālīśvara temple starts in a week or so. The temple wears a festive look already. The rathotsavam and the arubathumūvar are the highlights, but the whole show goes on for almost a month. Just the other day I could see the fireworks display (a clear view from my kitchen window).
Two unmissables during the event are vṛṣabhavāhanam (at 12 in the night) and adhikāranandi (at 5 in the morning). (Don’t remember when exactly … have to check out.) I have seen the first once, but have been too lazy to wake up early and be there for the adhikāranandi. This time I have resolved that I should see it, and the immortal kāṇak kaṇ koḍi vEṇḍum of Papanasam Sivan has been ringing in my ears for the past few days. Such beautiful lyrics! Truly a marvellous piece, both in its saṅgīta and sāhitya aspects. A novice like me cannot comment on the music, but here are the lyrics, and here is a superlative rendering by Madurai Mani Iyer, accompanied by Lalgudi G Jayaraman, Palghat Mani Iyer, and Umayalpuram Kodandarama Iyer (from a concert in Bombay in 1958). Hope you will listen and enjoy!
Update (April 2, 2009): Actually got to see it. Awesome!!