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Celebrating "Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma"
Every woman that I have fallen love with, I have imagined her to be the
goddess Laxmi as described in the great song "Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma" by Purandaradasa. The song never fails to elate me up.
The song, composed some 500 years ago perhaps will not mean much to the
future generations -- the generations that will not see the butter churn up as
you toil the buttermilk (see translation below), who didn't have to stand
in a line for hours to buy sugar, and who will not imagine Goddess Laxmi as the sexy mistress of Lord Vishnu as painted by Raja Ravi Varma. The
meaning of Soubhagya is also no longer relevant.
But what is remarkable is the music and the variety of interpretations the
song has inspired -- from the great rendering of Bhimsen Joshi in Hindustani
style to M.S. Subbulakshmi in classical Canatic to even tribal-music (see third
video below). I just cannot imagine another song that is sung by so many people
day after day, and generation after generation as this "The Laxmi of Fortune".
I present you "The Laxmi of Fortune", one of my favorite songs.
Transliteration of the Lyric Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma Composition by Purandaradas