“Gandarva Gānam is the magnum opus of Tiruloka Sitaram. It is the outcome of sheer ecstasy. Our poet has received this ecstasy with a thousand tentacles of awareness, taking possession of what cannot be possessed, by means and methods not to be comprehended even by superior intellects. Poetry, which according to our poet, is beauty’s rich sweetness distilled from charmed words of mellow mellifluousness is seen here at its plentitude.”
The Tamil verses of Tirulokam- a Telugu by birth-, are in general, metaphysical and they mirror the past, the present and the ‘to-come’. He is truly the mystic bard of modern times.
Gandarva Gānam is the outcome of semi-trance. So, it can be described as a product of a waking dream.
A close and careful perusal of the Gandarva Gānam will manifest the fact that it has genesis in Bharati’s Gnāna Ratnam and Kuyil Pattu. It is a romantic phantasy, at once lyrical and operatic. Truly speaking, it is the outcome of induced intoxication.