Name of the company not mentioned - Carnatic classical vocal - double cassette - Navavarana kritis of Dikshitar - Indira Menon - Rs. 100.
MUTHUSWAMY DIKSHITAR'S Navavarana and Navagraha compositions in sweet Sanskrit are incandescent gems in the repository of Carnatic music. The former deifying the Devi at Tiruvarur Kamalamba and the latter on the planets are an epitome of lyrical, musical and devotional excellence.
Indira Menon, a senior disciple of Puducode Krishnamurthi, S. Ramanathan and Savitri Sathyamurthi, has sung the eleven compositions including the dhyana kriti in Todi and Mangala kriti in Sri Ragam.
The other kritis are in Anandabhairavi, Kalyani, Sankarabharanam, Kambhoji, Bhairavi, Punnagavarali, Sahana, Ghanta and Ahiri.
The recital begins with Dikshitar's Gowla kriti, ``Sri Mahaganapatim." All the songs with a sound pataantharam have been sung with commendable sruti alignment and clear diction.
This album would be of considerable assistance to students for learning these songs with focus on the traditional idiom.
The music direction is by L. Krishnan. Savithri Sathyamurthi on the violin, K. V. Prasad on the mridangam, H. Sivaramakrishnan on the ghatam and A. K. Devi playing sweetly on the veena, enhance aural quality.
Kosmic music MDC 3025/3026 evotional (2 volumes) Slokas for children S. Rajeswari Rs. 40 each.
Devotional hymns in Sanskrit, in praise of the deities in the Hindu pantheon, set to simple, mellifluous tunes, have been rendered with grace and refinement by S. Rajeswari, popular vocalist with melodious vocal chords.
The slokas on Lord Ganesha, Rama, Vishnu, Devi Lalitha, Annapurani, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Saradha and Shyamala sung with only the peaceful, pleasant drone of the thambura caress the soul and rejuvenate the mind and body. An ideal cassette for children to learn these verses that have a timeless quality. S.P.
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