Monday, December 10, 2007

Hanigavana

I read this small poem written in early nineties and liked it a lot. I don't remember the poet. Possibly, Dundiraj. Since it is a pun-poem I can't translate it into English. I am afraid I may not be using the exact words but I guess I still remember the pun part.

pradhAni, advAni, imAmi
ellarU koTTaru kare
kOmu sauhArda
tege


Since I am into Hanigavana let me quote another one that I really enjoyed. This was put up on our PUC (+2 years after 10 years of basic education) college notice board. The poem basically says Malayalis are plague (Malaria) of coastal Karnataka (Tulu region). Again I may not remember the exact words.

dinapatrikeyalli baMtoMdu suddi
maMgaLUrinalli malEriya hAvaLi
marudina adu baMtu tiddi
alla malayALi hAvaLi

2 comments:

Ravi Mundkur said...

Dundiraj is master of pun rich mini and honey poems!
Manju, I was referring through your older posts on Tara-Bagavathi and Korati.
A few questions:
1.Korati-not known in Tulu areas-is it feminine of Koraga?
2.Any clues of Tara in Kerala? Did the Tara cult originate in Kerala?
3. Bhagavathi was she a Buddhist queen or monk?
4.Any info on the Beary word Maikala for Mangalapura? Who is the 'Mai' referred to in it Bagavathi,Tara or Mangala?

Manjunat said...

1.Korati-not known in Tulu areas-is it feminine of Koraga?

According to this article Koraga and Korati are both known in Tulu region. In fact, Korati (or Kurati) is mostly found in Malayala region. Not yet heard of Koraga in Malayala region.

2.Any clues of Tara in Kerala? Did the Tara cult originate in Kerala?
3. Bhagavathi was she a Buddhist queen or monk?
4.Any info on the Beary word Maikala for Mangalapura? Who is the 'Mai' referred to in it Bagavathi,Tara or Mangala?


I don't have much idea. My understanding is that all the disease spreading/healing local goddesses(Mari-amma) were called Bhagavathi. I believe Mari is not found in Malayala region.