Irayimman Thampi

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Ravi Varman Thampi, better known as Irayimman Thampi (Malayalam: ഇരയിമ്മന്‍ തമ്പി) (1782–1856), was a Carnatic musician as well as a music composer from Kerala, India. He was a vocalist in the court of Swathi Thirunal. His compositions include the lullaby Omanathinkal Kidavo.

Life[edit]

Born as Ravi Varman Thampi in 1783 to Kerala Varma Thampuran of the Royal family of Cherthala and Parvathi Pillai Thankachi of the Puthumana Ammaveedu Thampi family, daughter of Prince Makayiram Thirunal Ravi Varma and niece of the Maharajah Dharma Raja of Travancore. (Prince Makayiram Thirunal was the younger brother of Dharma Raja). He was named after his grandfather and was known as Ravi Varman Thampi which was popularised as Irayimman Thampi. Thampi was brought up at a house called Kizhake Madhom by his parents. His early education was from his father but later he went under the tutorship of Shankaran Elayathu in grammar, linguistics and Sanskrit literature. He wrote his first poem when he was fourteen and dedicated it to Karthika Thirunal Dharmaraja of Travancore. Since then he occupied an enviable position in the Travancore court.[1]

Irayiman Thampi married Kalli Pillai Thankachi, daughter of his maternal uncle Puthumana Krishnan Thampi, and together they had seven children including a daughter who continued her father's artistic and poetic legacy, Lakshmi Kutty Pillai Thankachi, better known as Kutty Kunju Thankachi (1820–1914). She grew into a prominent poetess and got many rewards from her cousin and king Swathi Thirunal. Another daughter of Thampi was married by Sri Narayanan Thampi of Arumana, son of Maharajah Visakham Thirunal. Irayimman Thampi was already thirty one years of age when Swathi Thirunal Maharajah was born. Irayimman Thampi wrote the famous lullaby Omanathinkal Kidavo for Swathi Thirunal. Irayimman Thampi died in 1856.

Maharajah Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma is known to have referred to Ravi Varman Thampi as Thampi maman (uncle Thampi). He had the occasion to write a lullaby for Swathi Thirunal and ironically also wrote a charama sloka for Swathi in 1848.

Compositions[edit]

Some of his Kritis (compositions) are

  • Omanathinkal Kidavo - set in Rāga Neelambari
  • Karuna Cheyvan - set in Shree ragam
  • Somapoma - set in Rāga Saveri
  • Aarodu Cholvene - set in Rāga Nadamakriya
  • Adimalar - set in Rāga Mukhari
  • Ambā gauri girikanyē - stava varNam - Ārabhi
  • Pāhimām giritanayē - sāvērī - miśra cāpu
  • Nityamāśrayē - rītigauḷa - Ādi
  • Kamalādikalām - khāmbhōji

References[edit]

  1. ^ A comprehensive website on the life and music of Swathi Thirunal

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