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Author: V K Subramanian
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170174201
The Sacred Songs of India Volume Seven-Hymns to Ganesa, the Darling Deity makes a slight departure from the predecessor volumes.
Sacred Songs of India volume One contained songs of mystics intoxicated with god in the form of Krishna or Rama. Subsequent volumes have presented songs of saints obsessed with other images as well, like Siva, Sakti, Subrahmania, etc.
This volume presents the songs of sages on Ganesa, the darling deity. The songs on Ganesa included in this volume span over twenty centuries-from Vedic Period to the Twentieth century.
They are also in diverse languages of India-Sanskrit, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. The most ancient songs (in Sanskrit) are anonymous.
Songs whose authorship is identifiable are those of the poet saints-Agastya, the doyen of Tamil mystics, Veda Vyasa, the undisputed creator of the 18 puranas, Avvaiyar, known as the grandmother of Tamil literature and a God-realised soul, Sankaracharya, the famous Vedantic philosopher from Kerala, the Maharashtra saints-Jnaneswar, Eknath, Tukaram and Samartha Ramadas, the Karnataka saints: Purandharadasa and Kanakadasa, the Tamil saints: Arunagirinathar, Oottukkadu Venkatasubba Iyer, Ramalinga Swamigal, Nilakantha Sivan, Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavatar, Papansam Sivan, Subramania Bharati, Hindi poets: Tulsidas and Swami Brahmananda, Narayana guru, the Kerala saint and Tyagaraja and Muttuswami Dikshitar, members of the Carnatic music Trinity.
The songs presented in this volume are a veritable ocean of devotion centered on the beloved image of God Ganesa. Sacred Songs of India, Volume Seven, like its predecessor volumes will be a limitless repertoire for all artistes in music, drama and ballet.