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Nithyasree ‘blessed’ by saint-composer

DC | B. Vijayalakshmi | 19th Sep 2013
Veteran musician P.S. Narayanaswamy confers the title, Sivan Isai Selvi, to Nithyasree Mahadevan at the 123rd birthday celebrations of Papanasam Sivan at Narada Gana ­Sabha in the city on Wednesday. DC
Veteran musician P.S. Narayanaswamy confers the title, Sivan Isai Selvi, to Nithyasree Mahadevan at the 123rd birthday celebrations of Papanasam Sivan at Narada Gana ­Sabha in the city on Wednesday. DC

CoimbatorePapanasam Sivan, great music composer and si­nger, left an indelible mark in the field of music and movies with his magnificent compositions which remain po­pular ev­en today.

Eminent music sib­li­ngs D.K. Pat­ta­mmal and D.K. Jayaraman were his disciples who made his co­mpositions pop­ul­ar. Nit­hya­s­ree Maha­de­van, who followed in her grandm­o­ther DKP’s footsteps in si­nging Sivan’s songs at her co­ncerts, shared her tho­ughts with Deccan Chronicle about the musician.

How do you feel on being conferred the title Sivan Isai Selvi?

It is not an award, but a saint composer’s asirvatham (blessings). 

Can you recall your first brush with Pap­an­asam Sivan compositions?

I must have been two or three years old when my gr­and uncle D.K. Jaya­raman taught me Sivan’s song, Nambi Kettavar Ever­ay­ya. I loved singing this so­ng to all people coming home.

What is so special about Sivan’s songs?

I grew up listening to my grandmother D.K. Patt­am­m­al rendering the monum­e­ntal compositions of Pa­pa­n­asam Sivan. I love those so­ngs and they sync very well with my years of mu­sic tutelage and career.

The so­ngs are pregnant with me­aning which elevate the tho­ughts of not only the si­n­ger but also the listener.  His devotional songs are ma­­tchless and I am able co­n­nect myself to his sup­re­me thoughts. His imagination, ap­pr­oa­ch  and ragam and bhavam ha­ve made his beautiful co­m­positions in simple Tamil a classic.

How is the response to Sivan’s songs now?

Good as always. On ras­ikas’ wish, I do sing so­me of his evergreen movie songs.

What more do you know about Sivan from your grandmother?

Paati used to say her guru, Pa­panasam Sivam, co­n­s­i­dered her as his first girl ch­ild.  Every time he re­ndered a song for his dis­cipl­es, tears would to roll down his ch­­eeks. Such was his bhakti and involvement.

What are your favourite Sivan songs?

There are several. Some of them are  Senthil andav­an, Sivakama Sundari, An­d­a­van anbe sakti tha­rum,  Ja­naki Pathe,  Siva Pe­­ruman Kripai Vendum, Enna Th­av­am Seythanai Yasodha and Naan Oru Vilaiyattu Bommaiya.

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