Navaratnalu (Nine Gems of Ramadasa's Compositions)
Ramadasa's kirtanas were once in vogue in every Telugu household and also in temples, propagated through Bhajana Sampradaya. Of the more than 100 kirtanas known to be composed by Ramadasa, traditional tunes have survived for not more than 20 kirtanas. With efforts of eminent individuals like Sangeeta Kalanidhi Sangeeta Vidyanidhi Dr. Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy who wrote notation for 54 Ramadasa's kirtanas, and their great efforts to popularize the kirtanas, the tradition of singing Ramadasa kirtanas is once again gaining ground. Ramadasa kirtanas are being sung in concerts and in festivals like Ramadasa Jayanthi.
Every year, Tyagaraja Aradhana Festival in Tiruvaiyar starts with ‘Tyagaraja Pancha Ratna Seva’. Annamacharya Festivals with ‘Annamayya Saptagiri Sankirtana Seva’. Similarly, Bhadrachala Ramadasa Jayanti Utsavalu are being started with group renditions of Bhakta Ramadasa Navaratnalu (Nine Gems of Ramadasa’s compositions).
Under guidance of Sri Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, a book titled "Bhadrachala Ramadasa NAVARATNALU, Nine Gems of Ramadasa’s compositions" was published recently with notations in English. This effort was taken up by well known artists Malladi Brothers -- Sri Malladi Sriramprasad and Sri Malladi Ravikumar, for providing easy access to the notation to all. In view of making the notation more widely available, we have requested the complete contents to be sent to us for publishing on this website and they have immediately obliged. We thank Malladi Brothers (and their disciple Kum. Varsha Natarajan who assisted them in this work) for the same.
We provide below the notation and recordings for the kirtanas as per the notation for students wishing to learn the compositions. We provide as is, the index, the phonetic chart for transliteration scheme used in the book and the notation for swara sthanas provided in the book.
|2||SrI rAma nAmamE||aThANA||Adi (tisra)
|4||SrI rAmula divyanAma||sAvEri||Adi|
|5||rAmajOgi mandu konarE||khamAs||Adi|
|7||hari hari rAma||kAnaDA||Adi|
|9||kaNTinEDu mA rAmula||nAdanAmakriyA||Adi (khaNDa)|