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Evergreen melodies

Purnima Records — Popular songs from Tamil movies — Legendary melodies — R. Surya Prakash — Price not indicated.

A COMPACT disc comprising evergreen melodies from old Tamil movies, which were vintage classics ringing in the ears of music lovers for decades, has been released by Poornima Records. The proficient singer R. Surya Prakash, a disciple of T. V. Sankaranarayanan, has done ample justice to the classical substance and the excellent lyrical quality of the songs.

The programme has 18 songs, among which are "Sivaloka Nadhanai" (Nandanar — M. M. Dandapani Desigar, 1942); "Krishna Mukunda" (M. K. Tyagaraja Bagavathar in Haridas, 1944); "Amba Manam Kanindu" (M.K.T. Bagavathar — Sivakavi, 1943); "Velane" (K. B. Sundarambal, Avaiyar, 1953); "Maname Kanamum" (M. S. Subbulakshmi, Savitri, 1941); "Senthamizh Naadennum" (P. V. Chinnapa, Uthamaputhiran, 1940) and "Paarkadal Alaimele" (M. L. Vasantha Kumari, Raja Desingu, 1960).

The music arrangement is by S. R. Veeraraghavan. The album merits appreciation for all the right reasons, sruti alignment, lyrical clarity and musical expression devoid of pretensions.

Classical Carnatic — Veena — Iyer Brothers — Compact Disc — Price not indicated.

The Melbourne-based Ramnath Iyer and Gopinath Iyer are competent exponents of the veena, having had the benefit of being under the tutelage of vidwan Veena R. Pichumani Iyer. Trivandrum Venkataraman has honed their performing skills considerably.

The brothers, with Sridhar Chari on the mridangam, unfolded the programme with "Deva Deva" of Swati Tirunal in Mayamalavagowla.

The Kalyani alapana cruising along methodically and purposefully reflects the artiste's imaginative capacity and interpretative facility. Dikshitar's "Bhajare Re Chitha" with swara sequences with the kurraippu in the shadjam and the correct landing of the korvai are indicatory that the artistes have evolved into mature performers. Kharaharapriya developed with composure and woven with essential gamaka nuances, and the meticulous tanam denote that the mind and the playing are well harnessed to produce pleasing results.

Sridhar Chari's supportive accompaniment and tani avartanam reinforce that he is a seasoned performer. Dharmapuri Subbarayar's Chenchurutti javali and Swati Tirunal's Dhanasri tillana guide the album to a graceful conclusion.

S.P.

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