Suprabhatam : sacred music of South India

Suprabhatam (सुप्रभातम in Sanskrit or ‘auspicious dawn‘ in English) is the name given to Sanskrit hymns recited in the morning to awaken the Lord. The rendition by M S Subbulakshmi can be heard in many Kannada, Tamil and Telugu homes each morning. Suprabhatams by M S Subbulakshmi, perhaps the most essential songs anywhere in the world, is staple music to the Hindu people of South India. If you don’t have them, then you must be a non believer.

Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam :  (Download)

Sri Kamakshi Suprabhatam :  (Download)

Sri Kashi Vishwanatha Suprabhatam :  (Download)

Sri Rameswaram Ramanatha Suprabhatam :  (Download)

The most popular is the Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam, recited to awaken Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati.

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5 Comments

  1. Vedhas said,

    September 25, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Very good blog! Thanks for this collection… but so far as description is concerned please refrain yourself from saying “If you don’t have them, then you must be a non believer.”

    I am not sure what you really mean when you say this, but no point in looking at non-believers with hatred.. and if its not that, and just a claim to emphasis this style of music and its connection with the god, yet the claim “If you don’t have them, then you must be a non believer.” sounds too ridiculous, and moreover dogmatic!!!!

    Nonetheless, music collection is hugely appreciated, and I can’t thank you enough for that!!!!

  2. indianraga said,

    September 25, 2009 at 9:31 am

    In my 2 years of blogging I have tried to stay away from controversy and refrained from mentioning words that represent religion or castecism. Please go through my earlier posts and you will notice this. Since Indian classical music, and more so Carnatic music, is culturally devotional by origin, a few Bhajans, or Suprabhatams for that matter, posted now or then cannot change the spirit in which they are here. They are music to the ears, so they have found a place on this blog.

    The words which you have pointed out : ‘If you don’t have them, then you must be a non believer.’ are just superlative in their meaning. It’s like saying, ‘If you have not heard of the Taj Mahal, then you must be bonkers.’ No other meaning should be derived from them. No offence was meant to non believers, leave alone hatred.

    Thanks for posting your views. Its a free world.

  3. Vedhas said,

    September 25, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Only issue is that it sounds dogmatic/rigid in terms of views! But with this explanation as an added context, it might be ok to continue with what you had posted then….

    Anyway… whatever the case, lets chuck it and lets enjoy the music! :)

  4. indianraga said,

    September 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Yeah, let us all do so. There’s nothing deeper inside my posts other than music. Please take all that I write with a pinch of salt. This blog is meant for people who have just begun with Indian classical music. Classical music is serious stuff, but I try to make it as simple as it takes. :-)

  5. UMASANKAR said,

    January 23, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Agreed. Excellent collections to start the day in the early morning.but please no hatred what so ever .


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