This does not mean I do not enjoy other forms of music. I do. However, if I were to listen to either of the above genres of music, I am in a trance state. I was always exposed to Carnatic music. When I listened to the songs of MS Amma, Maharajapsuram Santhanam, Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar, K.J.Yesudas, Bombay Sisters, D.K.Pattammal and many other instrumentalists like Lalgudi Jayaraman, Kunnakudi, Palghat Mani Iyer, A.Kanyakumari and so on, I was always wondering when and if I can ever sing like them. Of course, most other times, I was in ethereal bliss not having any thoughts on mind.
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However, now we only have a very few of his compositions left. There were a few that have the original raga set by Purandaradasa. However, many compositions are either lost or if available do not have the original tunes. R.K. Srikantan, yet another musical genius from Karnataka had popularized Dasa songs. He had also set tunes for various of Dasa's beautiful compositions. Read here to see about what R.K.S feels about Dasa's compositions.
Talking about Jagadhodharana, this original song was set in Kapi by Purandaradasa, which at that time was called Karnataka Kapi. However, as many of his songs were lost, during the Mysore king's reign, the 'astana vidhwan' or the court musician revived this song in the music halls of Mysore Maharaja. The court musician belonged to the family of Rudrapatinam Krishna Shastri (I am not sure if it was someone from the family or Krishnashastri himself). The whole Rudrapatinam family were blessed musicians. R.K.Srikantan, thus grew up learning from his father and other gurus. He actually belonged to the musical tutelege of Saint Tyagaraja (as he learned from the 4th or 5th generation shishya of Tyagaraja). This specific song that we hear today was learnt by the Rudrapatinam family (includes, R.K.Srikantan his brothers and cousins) who then passed it on to the musicians like MS Amma, M.L.V, and others.
MS Amma has been credited with popularizing this song as she sang it in the United Nations program. The original style and the song was learned by R.K.Srikantan and probably a few other shisya's of Veena Sheshanna and Rudrapatinam family. Even though, there are many versions and styles of this song, a couple of them linger in your mind forever.
I know this connection of R.K.Srikantan and this specific song because of my 'A'. He was the student of R.K.Srikantan till 2014, when R.K.S breathed his last. I was lucky to have sought his blessings a couple of times before he passed away. It is so interesting, how this song has transitioned over time and is still has not lost its charm. It is the beauty of the song, the composition, and of course, little Krishna.