Gita Cassettes Classic GCC 527 - Carnatic Classical - Utsava Sampradaya Kritis of Saint Tyagaraja - Geetha Raja - Rs. 50.
IT CAN be emphasised without risk of contradiction that saint Tyagaraja's bhakti for Lord Rama was the acme of devotion. He was a divine poet, establishing a singular rapport with the Lord on equal terms, praising, worshipping, idolising, humouring and at times even chiding Him for his neglect of his devotee, Tyagaraja. His Utsava Sampradaya Kritis comprising Churnika, Hecharika, Kalyana Nalugu, Harati, Sobhane, Lali, Jolapata, Melu Kolupu and Mangalam are composed in sweet Telugu and Sanskrit and are ideal for devotional group singing. These compositions are 26 in number.
Geetha Raja, a scion of the Brinda School of Music, has in recent years successfully evolved a style of her own. She has chosen 12 of the Utsava Sampradaya Kritis in her audio album released by Gita Cassettes. The accomplished accompanists are R. Hemalatha on the violin and Kallidaikurichi S. Sivakumar on the mridangam. The music supervision is by N. Kannan.
The popular songs have been sung with involvement and emotion to stress that the main thread woven in the ethos of these lilting songs is Bhakti.
INRECO 2772-C-728 - Tamil Devotional - Vadivela Sivabala - P. Unnikrishnan - Rs. 40.
Yet another devotional cassette, ``Vadivela Sivabala" featuring P. Unnikrishnan has been released by INRECO. Seven songs in Tamil by Vaara Sri and one traditional composition are set to music by Veeramani Kannan. The orchestra, even with a plethora of instruments is quite subtle and pleasing. The female voices in the choral group are mellifluous. Unnikrishnan's voice, soft and soothing, is an ideal medium for the devotional genre and he does justice to the emotions embedded in the lyrics. The song ``Om Enum" in Rasikapriya, ``Kunruthoraadi varum" as a ragamalika and ``Paasipadarndha malai" in a folk tune find the artiste performing in keeping with his metier.
Send this article to Friends by