Though most of the Readers of Ramanis blog are objective and seekers of Truth,History based on Facts,there are a few who try to read hidden meanings and agenda.
To them, I would like to state that this blog is an attempt at finding our cultural and historical roots that have been destroyed /are twisted to suit the invaders.
Because of this misinformation,many/some tend to view our history and culture through the Prisms of Language and region.
What one must remember is that,though there were 56 Kingdoms and at least as many languages from the Vedic /Ramayana,Mahabharatha period, I am yet to come across a reference where the culture or languages of one region look down upon the others.
However,there were instances of religious bigotry between Hinduism,Jainism and Buddhism during the middle ages,no prejudiced views were there about languages,music and culture.
Each was given respect and each took the best out of the other and became better.
For example,Tamil customs were adapted to Vedic Traditions,like the Mangal Sutra(Thaali) and Apasthamba incorporated them in his sutras.
Similarly,thiugh the Tamils were not Fire Worshippers like the Vedic People,they followed Sanaatana Dharma.
This introduction is in the light of the information I am producing below,which is likely to raise the hackles of Carnatic Music lovers.
Tamil as a language consists of three parts.
Iyal,loosely translated as Prose ,is that which comes naturally in day to day Life,
Isai,Music,which is the origin of Language and
Natakam,Drama or Theatrics.
Isai is is from the word Asai, ‘Move’.
Music as we know is from Vibrations.
Vibrations are from Movement.
Whether it is Vocal or Instrumental Music ,it is from Movement,vocal chords,strings,or vibrations from instruments.
So The root word for Music Isai is from Asai,Move.
Isai also means ‘to be in tune with’ ‘agree’,’ go together’.
Recorded history from the earliest recorded Tamil Work Tholkappiam speaks about Isai ,called ,’Pann,.
Pann means that which is refined ,cultured,orderly and elevating.
One may note that Tholkappiyar was a disciple of Sage,Agastya,who wrote Veda Sutras and is considered as the co founder of Tamil along with Lord Shiva,Subrahmanya(Murugan in Tamil) .
Shiva in Tamil is associated with Dance as Natana Sabapathy,the Lord of Dais and He is also considered as the root of Music.
One may note that Sanskrit was born of Shiva’s Drum.
Even today Shiva is worsipped with Tamil Music,Pann from Thirumurai of Thevaram and Thiruvasagam in temples.
These are called Dravida Vedas.
Please listen you visit temples in the south when the priest performs the,Kaala Pooja,the Poojas conducted at specific times in Times( 5 or six Times a day,depending on the custom).
You may note the priest saying Dravida Vedam Sandhardhasyaami,we are offering You the Dravida Vedas.
This is followed by Tamil Pann speicified for the Time the pooja is performed.
This is followed by the priest announcing ‘ Veda Ghosham’
Then Veda is chanted.
*This practice seems to have originated just before the period or during the reign of Rajaraja Chola,1010AD.
In Vishnu Temples Naalayira Divya Prabhandham is sung.
The Pann,music of Tamil ,as of now is dated aroud 200 BC.
However, in the light of evidence from Poompuhar which is described in detail in Cilappadikaaram, one of the,Tamil Five Tamil Epics,the date of Tamil is pushed back by 30,000 years.
Then we have Arikamedu site,and a million year old site in Chennai.
Then 74,000 year old Nataraja near Kurnool,Andhra Pradesh( Telengana?)’
Thiruvannamalai ,Tamil Nadu which is 3.94 Billion years old,
Thirupathi,the Northern boundary of Tamils is 2100 million years old..
All this push the date of Tamil further back.
The surprise is that this ancient Tamil quotes Vedas and Vedas quote Tamil.
Please read my articles in detail on each topic.
There are 103 Panns.
Today 21,24 or 27 are used in Temples.
There are 72 Mela Kartha Raagas in Carnatic Music.
Please read my article on this.
Tamil is unique in that it assigns a particular Pann to one landmass.
There are five landscapes described.
Kurinji,Marutham,Neydhal,Mullai and Paalai.
Please read my posts on these labd divisions.
The first music instrument was Yaazh ,like Veena.
In Vedas Sama Veda is set to music and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
In Vedic traditions,Veena is decribed as the first musical instrument.
In Tamil, it is Yaazh , a type of Veena.
Goddess Saraswathi has it in her hands.
Also the the Drum of Shiva,Damaru.
In Tamil,’Parai’ Drum is also considered as the earliest musical instrument along with Yaazh.
PaN and the Raaga equivalents
Carnatic Music was systematised in during Middle ages by Purandara Dasa.