all songs in the nottusvara sahitya genre of
Dikshitar are in the major scale, sans gamaka and
other Indian melodic ornamentation, there is quite a
bit of variety in the
There are some jigs
and reels in the repertoire of 39 songs. The best
illustration of a reel is Jagadisa guruguha, whose
original is known as Lord Mcdonald’s reel.
Mucukunda varada and guruguhapada amongst others
easily fit the contour of a jig.
There are marches such as the one that is the basis
of santatam pahimam, i.e. God Save the King - the
national Anthem of the British, which morphed into
‘My country tis of thee’ in the United States.
There are a whole range of waltzes from somaskandam
to santatam govindarajam with its scale changes and
There are the high
energy folk dance tunes such as kamalasana vandita.
Syamale Minakshi is
based on the tune of the well known melody 'Twinkle
Twinkle little star' which had come into being in
There are also the lilting lullabies such as
There is plurality in
the deities addressed. There is plurality in the
number of temple towns addressed (as in Tiruvarur,
Kanchi, Chidambaram, Madurai etc.). There is
variation in rhythmic construct. We thus see
that there is a lot of variety in the nottusvara
sahityas although they are all based on the major
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