The beautiful forelocks of the handsome man wave about while he kills the wily demon.

Rama is considered to be so handsome, serene, graceful, stoic, heroic and beautiful in all possible ways, that even men used to be enchanted by his ‘ bewitching to the entire universe visage.’, Jaganmohana-akaram. Even dressed in the coarse-fibre raiments of a forest dweller, and sporting his hair, that he had himself matted with the milky sap of a banyan tree, to look as the ascetic he was supposed to be in the forest as ordained by his father, he still looked naturaly magnificent, like the lord of the wild, as he described himself, what if he was exiled unjustly from his own kingdom. To the ascetics, living as recluses in the forest, who never tired of looking at his bewitching countenance, he was God incarnate, for he strived to protect them from the demons who were intent on torturing, vexing and annihilating them.
In his beautiful lyric in the lilting Madhamaawathi lyriv, ‘Alakalallalaadaga gani’, Tyagaraja describes, the charming countenance of Rama with his dark gleaming forelocks fascinatingly waving about his serene face, in two widely contrasting scenarios, the first one when he was (at the behest of Viswamitra. his mentor), intent on subduing the wily demons, Maricha (who along with another demon,Subahu was tormenting the sages in the forest). It is much later that Rama living in exile in the forest, kills the very same Maricha who masquerading as a golden deer, draws Rama away from his spouse, so as to facilitate the demon Ravana to kidnap her.) The other is when Rama is intent on stringing the mighty bow of Lord Siva to claim Sita as his spouse.
Tyagaraa’s skillful use of the word ‘alakalu’ for Rsma’s forelocks, instead of the more popular word ‘mungurulu’ is to bring to our mind another similar sounding word, ‘aluka’, meaning anger, to make us realise the gravity of the situations. The deer was vexing, the bow was unwieldy. Any one other than the stoic Rama in these situations would surely lose his cool,.Not so Rama.
Here is my attempt at translation of the lyric into English, followed by the Telugu lyric in the Roman script.
‘ Pallavi
i wonder how enchanted and swollen with pride, the monarch-turned-sage, (Viswaamitra), must have felt, when he beheld, the charming forelocks, swayed and waved about this way and that.
Charanam-1
i wonder, how enchanted and swollen with pride the monarch-turned-omniscient-sage, (Viswaamitra), the mentor of Rama, must have felt , when he beheld how charming the forelocks of his ward Rama, swayed and waved about this way and that, just about the time when looking exceedingly handsome, he made the mighty, and haughty demon, Maareecha, flee with fright all across the world, (with Rama’s arrow in hot pursuit.).
Charanam-2

I wonder, how enchanted and swollen with pride the monarch-turned-sage, (Viswaamitra), must have felt , when he beheld how charming the forelocks swayed and waved this way and that, magnificently on the splendid countenance of his ward Rama extolled by Tyaga Raja, just about the time when he ,looking exceedingly handsome and perceiving the cue from the eyes of the sage, broke the mighty bow of Lord Siva.
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Here is the original lyric in Roman Script.

Pallavi
Alakal-allal-aadaga-gani aa raan-muni yetu pongenoa ?

Anu pallavi
Cheluvu meeraganu Mareechuni madam-anachey vaela,
alakal-allal-aadaga-gani aa raan-muni yetu pongenoa ?

Charanam1
Muni kanu saiga delisi, Siva dhanuvunu virichey samayamuna
Tyagaraja vinutini momuna ranjillu.
alakal-allal-aadaga-gani aa raan-muni yetu pongenoa ?

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Here is a nice rendering of this fine lyric by Ms.S. Sowmya, preceded by a succinct explsnation of the pruport of the lyric in Tamil.
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