Appanum Ammaiyum Sivamey

  • Genre: natchintanai Deity: Siva
  • Artists: Brahmanathaswami
  • Transliteration

    Appanum Ammaiyum Sivamey

    appanum ammaiyum sivamey
    ariya sagohthararum sivamey
    oppil manaiviyum sivamey
    ohtharum maintharum sivamey
    seppil arasarum sivamey
    theyvaathi theyvarum sivamey
    ippuvi ellaam sivamey
    ennai aandathum sivamey

    Original Script

    அப்பனும் அம்மையுஞ் சிவமே

    அப்பனும் அம்மையுஞ் சிவமே
    அரிய சகோதரருஞ் சிவமே
    ஒப்பில் மனைவியுஞ் சிவமே
    ஓதரும் மைந்தரும் சிவமே
    செப்பில் அரசருஞ் சிவமே
    தேவாதி தேவருஞ் சிவமே
    இப்புவி யெல்லாஞ் சிவமே
    என்னை யாண்டதுஞ் சிவமே

    Translation

    Father and Mother Are Siva

    father and - mother -are Siva, indeed
    dear - sibling - is Siva, indeed
    incomparable - wife also - is Siva, indeed
    priest and - children too - are Siva, indeed
    blemishless - kings also - siva indeed
    God and - gods - are Siva, indeed
    this world - entire - is Siva, indeed
    me - ruled also - is Siva, indeed


    * Model for Study: A major impediment to the spread of Natchintanai has been the diversity of melodies used for any given song. Hindu music is very creative and professionally trained Carnatic singers have a great deal of freedom for improvisation, much like modern western jazz musicians. But this leaves the average lay person with a big problem as well as teachers of groups or children when they come to learn the song. "How should we sing it? What is the tune?" To facilitate the dissemination of Yogaswami's songs the Swamis at Kauai Aadheenam have selected standardized tunes. Wherever possible we have tried to source these melodies from the Sri Lankan Jaffna community itself. Sometimes a complicated carnatic melody by a professional Jaffna Tamil singer has been simplified. (Gamakams are reduced for children) In cases where melodies are not known or are "boring" from a modern youth angle, we have adopted a more rhythmic, upbeat melody. We have to give credit to the Tiruvadi Niliyam (Jaffna Sai Baba devotees) who have sponsored some recordings by the All Ceylon Radio Singers for leading the way in this regard. These are good examples of Yogaswami's songs sung in a pleasing style. It is well known that Yogaswami himself did on occasion tell his devotees to sing such-and-such a Natchintanai song according to the melody of a song sung by one of the current popular devotional singers of his day. The melodies for many Natchintanai have yet to be selected for groups and children. If you would care to suggest some tunes we would very much appreciate your suggestions. Please email studyhall@hindu.org