A gentle introduction to Dīkshitar’s songs
Here are two examples of nōttusvaram songs. This was a collection of 33 songs that Dīkshitar composed, based on the patterns of songs he listened to the British bands play when he was in Manali, near Madras (now Chennai).
MD 2022-05-29 SOUNDARARAJA TEMPLE NAGAPATTINAM
This example is connected to the deity called soundara.rāja (the Lord of Beauty or the Beautiful Lord).  This is a form of standing Vishnu. In some temples, such as Śrīrangam, Vishnu is depicted as reclining — a form called śāyī, lying down.
MD 2022-05-29 Mayuranathar_temple GOPURAM
This Dīkshitar song is in a brisk tempo and the lyrics are in three languages: Tamizh (Tamil), Samskrtam (Sanskrit), and Telugu. Such integration of multiple languages within a song is called manipravāla in Karnātaka sangītam (Carnatic music).
MD 2022-05-30 SABARIMALA TEMPLE
Finally, an example of a song in which Dīkshitar gives both physical geographical references and cultural geographical references.
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