Bantureethi Kolu Carnatic Song Lyrics & Meaning (this write up is from the website www.hindudevotionalblog.com)
Bantureethi Kolu or Bantu Reethi Kolu is one of the most popular Thyagaraja Krithis loved by Carnatic buffs of all ages. Thyagaraja, most famous for his Pancharatna Krithis, was one of the greatest Indian composers of Carnatic music. Bantureethi Kolu Carnatic song is composed in ragam Hamsa Nadam (Hamsanaadam) and Thalam Aadi (Adi). This Carnatic Devotional Song is from album Gaana Srestam. Hindudevotionalblog.com presents the Bantureethi Kolu song lyrics and video song sung by Bharat Ratna MS Subbulakshmi Amma on a live concert. The meaning of Bantureethi Kolu Carnatic song is provided after the song lyrics.
Bantureethi Kolu Carnatic Song Lyrics - Thyagaraja Krithis Lyrics
Bantu Reeti Kolu Viyavaiyya Raama (Bantureethi)
Tunta Vinti Vaani Modalaina Madaa
Dula Gotti Nela Goola Jeyu Nija
Romaanca Manu Ghana Kancukamu
Raama Bhaktudanu Mudra Billayu
Raama Naama Manu Vara Khadga Mivi
Raajillu Naiyya Tyaagaraajuni Ke
In this beautiful Bantureethi Kolu Carnatic song, Sri Thyagaraja swamy pleads with Lord Ram to give him the post of a guard for Rama. The symbolic meaning is that he always wants to be in his presence always (Sri Rama's Sannidhi).
In the Anupallavi, Sri Thyagaraja Swamy says that, the guard's post should be such that he is empowered to destroy all the demons which are Arishadvargas (Arishad Vargas are the six passion of mind, they are Kama - lust, craze, desire; Krodha - anger, hatred; Lobha - greed, miserliness, narrow minded; Moha - delusory emotional attachment; Mada or Ahankara - pride, stubborn mindedness; and Matsarya - envy, jealousy, show or vanity, and pride) and since the guard is empowered to do so, he needs such a guard's post.
In the Caranam, Thyagaraja says he should be blessed with the emblem of Ramabhakti, given a sword called Rama Naama (the name of Rama) to perform his guard's job.