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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Nannaati Baduku : By : Sri Annamacharya

Song: NaanaaTi baTuku

Kriti by : Sri. Annamaachaarya

Rag : Revati

language : Telugu

Aa: S R1 M1 P N2 S
Av: S N2 P M1 R1 S

taaLam: aadi

Pallavi :

nAnATi batuku nATakamu
kAnaka kannati kaivalyamu 

nanati - daily day to day 
batuku - life
natakamu - drama  (natakam in tamil also means drama)
kanaka kannati - that which is seen and yet not seen
kaivalyamu - liberation / salvation
Meaning : The everyday life is but merely a drama. What is seen and yet unseen constitutes the drama. Beyond these stands salvation and liberation from this drama.

CharaNam 1 :

puTTuTayu nijamu pOvuTayu nijamu
naTTa naTimi pani nATakamu
yeTTa neduTagaladI prapaNcamu
kaTTagaTapaTiti kaivalyamu
puttu tayu - to be born
poovu tayu - to leave; to leave the body behind; to be dead
nijamu - the truth
natta nadimi - in between these two (as said above - the birth and the death) (natta nadu in tamil also means right in the middle)
pani - work ; what we do (pani in tamil also means the work we do)
natakamu - drama
yetta nedu tagaladi - which is right in front  of us
prapanchamu - the prapancha; the universe
kattakadapatidi - the one which is the ultimate final one; the last one
kaivalyamu - the salvation; the liberation,mukthi

Meaning : The two ends are to be born and to be dead. Those are the truths. Whatever we do in between these two ends constitutes the drama which unfolds. We see the universe and the life which is right in front of us but we don't see what is beyond. We don't see the one which is beyond the universe and the time. That is where the salvation is. 

CharaNam 2 :
kuTicEdannamu Shoka cuTTeDidi
NaTu mantrapu pani nATakamu
voDigaTTu konina vubhayakarmulu
gaTidATinapuDE kaivalyamu
kutichedi - what we relish; eat; drink (kudichathu = that we drink in tamil)
annamu - food / rice (annam = food in tamil)
shoka - dress / cloth
cuttedidi - wrapping around the body (cuttudhal in tamil also has the same meaning : to wrap around)
natu mantrapu - what is in the middle
pani - work
natakamu - drama
vubhayakarmulu - the two duties / the dual duties as mentioned above
gatidatinapude - when you cross beyond this
kaivalyamu - salvation / liberation

Meaning : We eat our food. We wrap a cloth around our middle. Between these and our end is the drama. when we cross beyond this, we see the salvation.

ChraNam 3:
tekadu pApamu tIradu puNyamu
naki naki kAlamu nATakamu
yeguvane ShRI vEngkaTEShvaru Telika
gaganamu mIdidi kaivalyamu

takadu - does not get cut
papamu - sin
tiradu - no completion of ; not enough of
punyamu - good deeds
naki naki - is something to laugh about (in tamil : 'nagai' - to be laughed at)
kalamu - time ; because of time; bound by time
natakamu - drama
yeguvane - the one who is a higher place; the only higher place
Shri vengateshvaru - Lord Sri Venkateswara
gaganamu - akasam; sky; the universe
mididi - beyond the skies and the universe
kaivalyamu - salvation/ liberation

Meaning : Our sins don't dwindle. Our good deeds don't extend. In between these, we do something and that is the much laughable  drama. Beyond these there is one and only one Lord Sri Venkateshwara. Beyond the universe He is there and that is where the liberation is.

Commentary : 

When one goes thru this kriti, one is reminded of   William Shakespeare and his lines in the Drama  As you like it - the famous poem "All the world's a Stage"

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts....
Very much like the bard, Annamacharya talks about the life as a mere drama.  The drama gets enacted day in and day out. The drama is what we see as we are all in the midst of it. But, the salvation, the liberation lies outside the drama. The wise ones are able to recognize this and go beyond. 

We are born. We die. Between the two extremes lies the drama. We all eat. We all dress up. Between all this lies the drama. 

In this drama, our sins add up. Our good deeds dwindle. There is one Lord Sri Venkateshwara who stands above all these. He is the one who is outside all this drama. He is the one who is conducting the drama. He is the one who is enjoying the drama. So, if you want to get out of the drama, catch his lotus feet. Realise that all these are mere drama and go out. That way is where liberation lies.

Nanati baduku - 1

Nanati baduku - 2

Nanati Baduku - 3


  1. Thanks a Lot for sharing the meaning of Kruti and sharing the music files :)- Pradeep

  2. The Language of this composition is Telugu

  3. Annamacharya composed all his divine lyrics in Telugu and not in Tamil or Kannada.

  4. thanks for sharing the lyrics and insight into the meaning !!!

  5. Lovely. how brilliantly penned.! Salute.

  6. Excellent explanation. MSS voice add value to this divine lyrics

  7. Excellent explanation. MSS voice add value to this divine lyrics

  8. Excellent Kirtanam, and helpful translation.

  9. What a lovely song! Thanks for the translation.