Re: [INDOLOGY] Metre of gopī-gītam

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at
Fri Jun 12 12:06:56 UTC 2020

The pattern here is


If you change the first two laghus into a guru , it turns into


which can also be written as


There is a repetition of  UIU IU

or there are two symmetrical halves  UIU IU and  UIU IU

UIU IU UIU IU is वैनसम्‌

We can say that by replacing the initial guru of  वैनसम्‌  with two laghus
, we get कनकमंजरी .  This makes  वैनसम्‌  and कनकमंजरी have the same
singing pattern.
First UIU IU  in आरोहण ascending tone and second UIU IU in अवरोहण
descending tone. / नानना नना - नानना नना  \

In  कनकमंजरी,  III UIU UIU IU is the same as  IIIU IU UIU IU and the
singing is IIIU IU   in आरोहण ascending tone and  UIU IU in अवरोहण
descending tone.
 / ननन नानना  - नानना नना  \  or  / नननना नना  - नानना नना  \

We have many such pairs.

शार्दूलविक्रीडितम्‌ changes into  मत्तेभविक्रीडितम्‌ by replacing the
initial guru of  शार्दूलविक्रीडितम्‌   with two laghus , we get
मत्तेभविक्रीडितम्‌ . That is the reason why viraamasthaana shifts one
number from  शार्दूलविक्रीडितम्‌ to  मत्तेभविक्रीडितम् .  Reason is the
singing style and singing pattern.

That is the reason why in Telugu Satakams , they consider  inclusion of
शार्दूलविक्रीडितम्‌ and  मत्तेभविक्रीडितम् both in the same s'atakam as no
violation of uniformity of meter. Reason is the uniformity in singing style
and singing pattern.

Same with उत्पलमाला and चंपकमाला in Telugu. Replacing the initial guru of
उत्पलमाला with two laghus changes it into  चंपकमाला . Here too,
viraamasthaana of champakamaalaa is one number higher than that of


That is the reason Gopee geetam is called geetam.

On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 9:26 AM Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
indology at> wrote:

> Thank you Aleksandar.  I've also been informed offlist that this meter
> but with the names  Rājahaṃsī and Vibhūṣaṇā is in the  three volume 1959
> edition published in Pune by Prasad Prakashan, with editors P. K. Gode and
> C. G. Karve. . I was looking in Apte's 1890 edition where it didn't
> appear.  Apparently the modern editors expanded  the metrical section.
> Regards,
> Harry Spier
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 11:21 PM Uskokov, Aleksandar <
> aleksandar.uskokov at> wrote:
>> Dear Harry,
>> Vaṁśīdhara in his comment on the first verse writes: kanakamañjarī naś ca
>> rau lagau iti sūtrāt. The definition scans right, so to his mind the meter
>> is Kanakamañjarī. I don’t know which sūtra he has in mind.
>> Best wishes,
>> Aleksandar
>> Aleksandar Uskokov
>> Lector in Sanskrit
>> South Asian Studies Council, Yale University
>> 203-432-1972 | aleksandar.uskokov at
>> ------------------------------
>> *From:* INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at> on behalf of
>> Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <indology at>
>> *Sent:* Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:05 PM
>> *To:* indology at <indology at>
>> *Subject:* [INDOLOGY] Metre of gopī-gītam
>> Dear list members,
>> Can anyone identify the meter of the gopī-gītam (Bhāgavata X, chapter
>> 31).
>> See this link:
>> <>
>> It is 11 syllable's per line but as far as I can see it is different
>> from the 11 syllable metres in Apte's dictionaries appendix.
>> Thanks,
>> Harry Spier
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Director,  Inter-Gurukula-University Centre , Indic Academy
BoS, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra
BoS, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Veliyanad, Kerala
BoS Veda Vijnana Gurukula, Bengaluru.
Member, Advisory Council, Veda Vijnana Shodha Samsthanam, Bengaluru
Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies,
FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,
Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

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