This is a beautiful song describing the mischief of Krishna and how the Gopikas are frightened by his menace. The context of this song is that of a woman suggesting other women on how to pacify the little boy who seems adorable but is difficult to control because of his tantrums and mischief. The tone is set to a complaining tone. The background is set to a child being taken care of by other women, while the mother is away.
A Gopika who seems to have been given the responsibility to take care of Krishna in his mother’s absence is looking for him. She asks others “where is the boy who played cutely? Get hold of him and give him a stomach full of milk.”
While the first stanza seems to show concern and love for the boy, in the later stanza, we will find that it is actually with fear that the Gopika is reacting.
The rendition of this song by BalaMurali Krishna can be found below.
Annamayya Keerthana – Itti Mudduladi Lyrics in Telugu:
ఇట్టి ముద్దులాడి బాలు డేడవాడు వాని
బట్టి తెచ్చి పొట్టనిండ బాలు వోయరే ||
గామిడై పారితెంచి కాగెడి వెన్నెలలోన
చేమ పూవు కడియాల చేయి పెట్టి |
చీమ గుట్టెనని తన చెక్కిట గన్నీరు జార
వేమరు వాపోయే వాని వెడ్డు వెట్టరే ||
ముచ్చువలె వచ్చి తన ముంగ మురువుల చేయి
తచ్చెడి పెరుగులోన దగబెట్టి |
నొచ్చెనని చేయిదీసి నోర నెల్ల జొల్లుగార
వొచ్చెలి వాపోవువాని నూరడించరే ||
ఎప్పుడు వచ్చెనో మా యిల్లు చొచ్చి పెట్టెలోని
చెప్పరాని వుంగరాల చేయి పెట్టి |
అప్పడైన వేంకటాద్రి అసవాలకుడు గాన
తప్పకుండ బెట్టె (బట్టి) వాని తలకెత్తరే ||
Annamayya Keerthana – Itti Mudduladi Meaning:
Where is this pretty boy? Catch him and feed him with milk well.
He unfastened his chain and rushed to put his hand adorned with flowery bracelet, in the butter pot. When he was weeping tears were flowing on his cheeks. Control that mischievous boy.
He comes with innocent looks and stretches his hand adorned with bracelets, saying that his hand is paining. His hand and mouth were shabby with curd. Oh Gopikas, control this weeping child.
We don’t know when he stealthily got into the house to pick something from the box with his hands adorned with rings. Lord Venkatesa is none other than this boy. Lift him and keep him on your head.