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A melodious voice on the Mother


WELL-KNOWN PERSONALITIES have come together to create "Anbaana Annaiku", an audio CD on the Pondicherry Mother. Priced at Rs.250, the CD has been produced by Uthsav Music, Plot No.2, Jayaram Avenue, Sastri Nagar, Adyar. (Ph: 044-24911544; 56122550)

The compositions penned by Anuradha Ramanan and set to music by flautist B. V. Balasai have been expressively rendered by M. Balamuralikrishna. The sincerity with which the veteran has sung the songs sends the listener into raptures.


"Malar Saatrinaen", in Desh, is marked by Anuradha Ramanan's appealing lyrics. Music and rendition are its other elevating aspects. Apart from the ragamalika, "Yedhu Vaendum", Balasai has used Charukesi, Tilang, Shudh Sarang and Durga ragas to adorn "Anbaana Annaiku".

Yet even as one sees the name of a singer of M. Balamuralikrishna's stature in the credits, one naturally expects a lot of uniqueness in the compositions — scintillating features that would make the numbers rise high above the ordinary. Mainly so because the incomparable fluidity and the exclusive timbre that set the genius' voice apart, needs to be utilised to the optimum. On that score there's nothing very different that Balasai's compositions offer.

Music may not draw the lay listener towards every song, but the ageless and inimitable voice does.


Maniam Selvan's portrait of the Mother is also an alluring aspect of "Anbaana Annaiku".

Tulasi: The devotional cassette and CD produced by Sai Sruthi Audios, 208/12, R. K. Mutt Road, Mandaveli, (Ph: 044-24954706/ 24836499), has music by Aravind Sriram. Srinivas Das has written the lyrics and the singers include S. P. Balasubramanyam, Vani Jayaram, Unni Krishnan and Unni Menon.

Chakkarathalvar Paadalgal & Kavasam: Produced by Ranjanaas, Plot No.46, First Street, Post & Telegraphs Nagar, Madurai — 625 017 (Ph: 0452-2640955), the cassette has lyrics by Vaarasree, set to music by Surriyaa. S. P. Balasubramanyam, Krishnaraj, Vani Jayaram, Bombay Saratha and Easwari Nagasubramaniam are the singers.

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