Bhaavageete: Soulful songs for hearfelt emotions – 1

The richness of Kannada language has multifarious facets! One of it being the poetic compositions. In order for one to fully appreciate and understand the essence of that statement, they will have to dig deep into the myriad poems written by eminent poets ages since. One can vividly see the emotions penned down reflecting the generic thinking of their decades. Then there are some songs that transcend these time barriers, and present themselves as evergreen songs that seep through the barriers of the heart, crumbling them down and creating a flood of emotions, overwhelming the listener. The beauty of these compositions lie in the expression of the day to day emotions of love, betrayal, happiness, sorrow, etc in words that find a place in the mind of the listener instantly making him relive the moments of the past. These wondrous compositions gain a new dimension altogether when they are sung by eminent singers, with their voice garnishing it with the right amount of feelings, and a background music to collaborate with the efforts!
Several eminent poets of Kannada viz Kuvempu, da.ra.bendre,, DVG, K S Narasimha swamy, Gopala krishna Adiga, B R Lakshman Rao, Doddarange gowda, K S Nissar Ahmed, H S Venkatesh murthy and others have richly contributed their works for the field of light music – or more aptly Bhaavageete. Some of my favorite songs in this include the following :-
  1. sthavira giriya chalanadaase :- A beautiful poem “honala raaNi” written by shri that is full of life just as the river that it portrays! The words are playful, rhythmic and continue to stay in one’s mind. The vivid portrayal that describes the running brook as the mountain’s wish for motion, the babbling of the silent forest, [ sthavira giriya chalandaase, mUkavanada gItadaase ] appeals immediately to the listener’s wild imaginations.
  2. laghuvaagele mana geluvaagele mana :- This is a song that I have often heard, another composition by, that has off late given me new thoughts to ponder upon. The poet implores the mind to lighten off, and be happy, for in the lightness shall it rise out to meet the Lord. He asks it to give up the ego, and in giving up, it shall rise! Further the poet explains to the soul that it shall remain tainted, were it to attach itself to him, (nagaMTalu nInAguve kashmala) but if it were to relinquish the identity with the body, it shall remain pure (nanna toreye nee nirmala nishkaLa)! Dr Rajkumar has lent his voice very efficiently for this song. His another song in the form of a ballad is “Ako shaama avaLe raadhe” – a depiction of the joyous playfulness of the gopis in the company of Radha and Krishna!!
  3. Amma ninna edeyaaLadalli gaaLakke sikka meenu :- A composition by B R Lakshman Rao, this song is all about the craving in the heart of the child to grow beyond the shackles of affection, and explore new frontiers! Though one can feel the underlying force trying to pull off from the tyings of the relations, it nevertheless realizes the everlasting bonding that is not possible to be cut! For finally the poet assures of the return – [ indhana teeralu baMdE baruvenu matte ninna toDege mUrta prEmadeDege ].
  4. Jaali baarinalli kUtu pOli geLeyaru :- B R Lakshman Rao is a poet of the present genre! His compositions reflect the freshness of the younger generation and as such are very popular amongst them. Of special mention is this song, that describes the plight of a guy who goes to a gentlemen’s club for the first time! The simple language, and humorous description of the feelings “gopi”- the character that visits the club, as the dancers entices him makes one laugh heartily! For the many who feel that poetic compositions are all about deep emotions, such compositions are an eye-opener. Deftly set to tune and sung by C Ashwath, Raju Ananthswamy, and others, this song is my all time favorites among BRL’s works.
  5. Naa chikkavanaagiddaga :- At a very young age, I had happened to listen a wonderful English classic song – Lemon Tree. It had stuck in my head ever since, and when I chanced upon the kannada version of this song, evidently, my heart was set on it too! Infact this song introduced me to the compositions of BRL, which I have been thoroughly enjoying ever since. The other songs of BRL that I love are “hELi hOgu kaaraNa“, “neenu mugilu naanu nela“, “nanna hRudayava ninage nIDide“, “nODida avanu heege nODida“, “baNNisale heNNe Enu baNNisale heNNe“.
  6. Hoovu horaLuvavu sUryana kaDege :- Composed by H S Venkatesha murthy, this song was a regular feature in the “geeta chitra” aired by Bangalore Doordarshan. The song is catchy due to the optimism brewed in every word of it! It is rich in its visual description, and beautifully worded. Slightly philosophical that celebrates the wonders of nature, it feeds the listener sumptuously with lines like “giDadiMduduruva elegaLigU muda, chiguruvAgalU oMde hada ….. nelada oDalinoLagEnu naDevudO, elli kuLitahano kalaavida!!” The other compositions of HSV that are among my favorites include “toredu hOgadiro jOgi” (a kannada translation of Meera bai’s bhajan), “hucchu KODi manasu“, etc.
  7. nanna iniyana neleya balleyEne :- A Composition by N S Lakshminarayan Bhatta, this is a beautiful and simple song that show cases the yearning of the loved one for her lover! She describes the abilities of her lover who can listen to the ant crawling, the flower blooming, and the melting of the early morn fog, but yet turns a deaf ear towards her heart! His other compositions include “hinde hEge chimmutittu“, “ninna neeti adaava neeti“, “elli jaaritO manavu elle meeritO”, “I baanu I chukki I hUvu I hakki” and others.
  8. Huvu araLuva munna :- K S Narasimha swamy needs absolutely no introduction for the avid fans of kannada poetry! His poems overflow with the affection and beauty of innocent love and marital bliss! His poems are akin to the fresh april showers that drench the wreatched land, giving rise to the fresh aroma of the wet sand that lingers on for days to come – freshening up the entire scenery! One can go on listing and writing treatises on his compositions! Simple compositions that celebrate the simpleness of life, love, and optimism! One song that I have to mention herein is his “attitta nODadiru attu horaLaaDadiru” – a song that I used to listen everyday before going to sleep. 🙂
  9. ella maretiruvaaga illa sallada nevava :- Every kannadiga would certainly join when singing the song “Jogada siri beLakinalli” – a composition by Shri K S Nissar Ahmed that celebrates the cultural, religious, and geographical richeness of our land! His other compositions are rich in their emotional expressions! This song for example implores the past memories to not return to the present! His other compositions include “mattade besara adE sanje adE Ekaanta“, “nee nuDiyadiralEnu“, “naaDa dEviye kande ninna”, “beNNe kadda namma kRushna“, etc.
  10. KuruDu kaanchaaNa kuNiyutalittu :- dattAtreya raamchandra bEMdre, da.ra. bEMdre, aMbikaatanaya datta – call him anything, use any adjectives, write poems, stories, essays, conduct festivities in his name! And yet, one shall fall short of encompassing the essence of his works, and his life! There are some people on whom we do not even qualify to comment let alone sing their praises! He ranks in that elite group of people whom one can just admire and worship in silence. He is so much a part of our lives, and yet so high in altar than common man, that sometimes even to write of his personality fills my eyes with tears of devotion and admiration. My favorites in his compositions? I would not even dare to list them! For I am afraid, I will not be able to stop.

Some aspects of writing on certain topics include the vastness and variety of the subject selected! After much procrastination, I did decide to write on the bhaavageetes of Kannada. And now that I have started, with much trepidation I have realized that I am trying to muster the vast sea of compositions into my cup of hands! In doing so, I have left out so many of the equally eminent poets and compositions that it reeks the heart of guilt! But then, this isn’t the end! I will surely write more on this pretty soon! Meanwhile, feel free to write in your own picks into this list! I am sure anukta will have a whole horde of them to be listed in here 😛


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    • Giridhar Narayan on February 14, 2006 at 4:23 AM
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    Good list of songs.

    My fav is KSN’s “Tumbu tingalina mallige hambina…” beautiful lyrics. Have u heard it??


    • Praveen on February 14, 2006 at 4:35 AM
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    Hey Giri,
    I haven’t heard that song. Please do send me the song/lyrics if you have it or

    • Giridhar Narayan on February 16, 2006 at 4:57 AM
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    I am looking for the lyrics too. Infact from a long time. Will definately let you know once i get it 🙂


    • Praveen on February 16, 2006 at 5:49 AM
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    @ Giri
    I did enquire with a couple of my friends who are very interested in
    Kannada literature, they seemed to have heard that song, and infact do remember a couple of lines of it. I have asked them to collect the lyrics. If I find them, I will certainly share with you too.

    • anukta on February 22, 2006 at 6:17 AM
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    My fav! Sure.’s poems are simply splendid. If somebody asks me to explain how beautiful they are I’d say they can make a lazy fellow like me read an’ copy them as well. “ni nuDiyadiralenu” has depth. Makes listener think over the squabbles which they never let go off.
    Here are my fav,
    *elli jaaritho manavu
    *aLuva kaDaloLu tEli barutide
    *sanje baana amchinalli bidda bidige
    *malagu malagenna maguve n of course attitta nODadiru
    *pallavigaLa pallaviyali
    *bramha ninge jODistini

    • Praveen on February 22, 2006 at 1:05 PM
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    @anukta: Awesome songs. I haven’t heard “sanje baana aMchinalli”… well gotto add a few more so look for the next part of the same ;).

    • anukta on March 2, 2006 at 7:30 AM
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    I’ll try to upload the song if that is not possible I will give you other details.

    • Praveen on March 2, 2006 at 5:36 PM
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    @anukta: Thanx.. much appreciated. you can upload the song at and send it to me, else even email it to me as an attachment to pavi007_99 yat yahoo daat kaam. 😀

    • Padma on March 23, 2007 at 12:32 PM
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    Hi Giri,
    By any chance if you have lyrics “Hucchu Kodi manasu” send it across to me, My email id

    • PNM on April 17, 2007 at 3:49 PM
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    Hi Giri,

    By any chance do u have lyrics for “Mattade Besera ade sanje”. If yes, could you please mail it to

    • anu on May 28, 2007 at 7:12 AM
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    hi giri…
    im searching for the songs “lokada kannige radheyu kuda ellaranthe ondu hennu” and “ishtu kaala ottigidu estu beratharu..” composed by h.s.venkatesh murthy..
    if u send me..@
    thanks in advance..

    • Sriram on August 12, 2007 at 3:00 AM
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    Can anyone point me to the lyrics of the song: “attitta nODadiru attu horaLaaDadiru” or even better if you have the link to the MP3 version of the song.

    Thx in advance,

    • Praveen on August 12, 2007 at 3:32 AM
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    Hi Sriram.. you can hear the MP3 version of the song at this link. Thanks for stopping by..and keep visiting. 🙂

    • Nandini on October 5, 2007 at 3:23 PM
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    Hi Praveen,

    I’m Nandini and I want to get the lyrics of the song hoovu horaluvavu by Dr.H S Venkatesh Murthy. I came across ur blog..would you help me with this please ?

    • Meghna on January 24, 2008 at 4:38 AM
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    “lokada kannige radheyu kuda ellaranthe ondu hennu”.

    Please do send me the lyrics if you have it,

    • kanasu on August 12, 2008 at 8:51 AM
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    hi! i came across your blog when i googled for few bhavageethe.
    Good work on kannada light music, i also wanted to work on the same 🙂

    • Dhivyanth on September 2, 2009 at 6:50 AM
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    Sir , do have the Lyrics of Dr.H.S.Venkatesh Murthy for th esong Bhava Brunga…I would request you to pls let me know the same.

    • Ravi on November 1, 2009 at 1:44 AM
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    hi praveen,

    if you could send me the song "hucchu koLi manasu, aadhu hadhinarara vayassu"

    • bkiransa on November 19, 2009 at 2:45 PM
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    can anyone send me the song
    Navu bharathiyeeru by K S Narasimha Swamy. I searched the web and could not find it.

    • GuruRaj on February 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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    I am in need of the lyric of "nadadeviye kande ninna madilalli entha drushya". If anybody has it plz do forward to

    • Prajwal Bhat on July 14, 2011 at 7:08 AM
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    can some one tell me how can i get “yella marethiruvaga illa sallada neveva” song by M d pallavi or by rathnamala

    • Asha.S on September 20, 2011 at 7:34 AM
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    i want listen a song huchchu kodi manasu adu 16rara vayasu – br chaya.

    • Rakesh on October 1, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    I would love to get the full lyrics of “Tumbu Tingalina”. I do know some of it, since i used to sing it when we were kids, but have forgotten many of the lines

    Here is how it goes as far as i remember

    Tumbu Tingalina Mallige hambina nambada beLakina seraginali
    tumbi tumbi bahanaDina PaaDina nambadaasegaLa seraginali

    AkkavO kOgilE chikkavO kOgilE

    marada mEle koogADuva hakkige hesaru banditE kOgilE
    ….. (dont remember much after this)

    Do let me know if anybody has been able to get the lyrics and the song as well

    • Sony on August 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM
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    I came across a blog for bhavageethe lyrics

    It also has youtube video link.

    • HimaBindu on August 27, 2012 at 6:28 AM
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    Guys nice to see so many ppl blissfully enjoying the kannada poetry. I am also floating in the soulful journey of these lyrics and music… 🙂 Can any one share with me the lyrics of Neenu mugilu ,naanu nela…. and Muchumarae illadayae ….. I am keenly waiting….. Thanks in Advance….

    • archana on October 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM
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    If any one has,’ nee nudiyadiralenu bayalagihudu ella ‘ song from nisar ahmed sir’s album pls send it to

    • Gururaj on January 14, 2015 at 3:03 AM
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    you ahve missed the incredible on of the most wonderful poet we ahd Dr.GSS poems.

    “ninna kangala koLadi beLadingalilidanthe”

    • deepa on November 7, 2015 at 4:08 PM
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    I want the lyrics and sung version of bhavagete “nii nudiyadiralenu… ” Plz upload it..

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