ಒಮ್ಮೆ ನಿನ್ನ ವೀಣೆಯನ್ನು ನುಡಿಸಲಾರೆಯ

The following lines are part of a song ‘Omme ninna veene yannu nudisalaareya’ (ಒಮ್ಮೆ ನಿನ್ನ ವೀಣೆಯನ್ನು ನುಡಿಸಲಾರೆಯ) sung soulfully by well known Kannada thespian and singer, the late Dr. Rajkumar.  This is part of the album which is a compilation of songs dedicated to sage Raghavendra Swami and music by Ranga Rao. The melody in these songs are just divine and the best part is the lyrics are so simple for anyone to understand and sing along.

…….ನಾದ ಗಂಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜೀವ ರಾಶಿ ಮೊಳುಗಲಿ
ಶಾರದೆಯೇ ಮೈ ಮರೆತು ತೆಲೆಯದೂಗಲಿ
ಶಾರದೆಯೇ ಮೈ ಮರೆತು ತೆಲೆಯದೂಗಲಿ

ಒಮ್ಮೆ ನಿನ್ನ ವೀಣೆಯನ್ನು ನುಡಿಸಲಾರೆಯ
ಸುಮ್ಮನಿರುವ ತಂತಿಯನ್ನು ಮೀಟಲಾರೆಯ
ತಾಳಲಾರೆ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಕೆಳುವಾಸೆಯ
ಬಾಳಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆರತು ನಿನ್ನ ನಾದ ಮಹಿಮೆಯ

Let life on earth swim in the tides of ganges that is your veena’s melody and let Sharada-devi herself, who is the goddess of learning, nod her head forgetting herself to the music.

The devotee is asking Lord Raghavendra to play his veena. He questions him why can’t you play the veena, why can’t you string the string that is just still, I can’t bear the desire to listen to its melody when it mixes with my life and brings light to it.

 

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