Layapriya 001 - Carnatic classical vocal - Tiruchi S. Ganesan - Rs. 45.
ALL THE three artistes in this audio album of classical Carnatic music released by Layapriya have the privilege of belonging to a rich artistic tradition. Tiruchi Ganesan, vocalist hails from the Chembai Vaidyanatha Bagavathar family. The violinist Ambika Prasad is the great-grandson of Chidambaram Bagavathar, a doyen in the art of Harikatha. The grandfather of Papanasam Kumar, the mridangist, was Papanasam Rajagopala Iyer, brother of the illustrious composer Papanasam Sivan.
The opening song, ``Unn adiye," in Bahudari and the facile swara pattern give a spirited thrust to the proceeding. The raga, Vasantha Bhairavi, has been employed so skilfully by Tyagaraja in his kriti, ``Nee Dhayaradha," appealing to the Lord for his benevolence. The song version has a commendable emotional impact. The alapana of Rishabapriya, the 62nd Melakartha raga, by the vocalist and the violinist are relevant in terms of bringing the rather elusive swaroopa of the melody to the fore. ``Gana naya desika" by Koteeswara Iyer is a creditable interpretation. The singer has a felicitous sruti aligned voice. His brief sketch of Hamsanandi and Ambujam Krishna's song in Tamil are enjoyable. The detailed methodical elaboration of Todi punctuated with apposite rakthi prayogas is in tune with the musician's experience in the field. A delectable alapana is authored on the violin with considerable melodic substance. Papanasam Sivan has many songs in Todi to his credit, but arguably the winning gem is ``Karthikeya Gaangeya." The neat kriti rendition and the swara matrices in the Pallavi do justice to the superb quality of the composition. The tani avartanam on the mridangam with varied precise rhythmic designs and the crowning sequence has the unmistakable hallmark of professionalism.
In praise of Hanuman
Geethanjali GRC2016 - Sanskrit Devotional Chanting - Hanuman Chalisa, Hanumath stotras - P. S. Raghuraman, Malola Kannan, Jagadeesa Bhat - Rs. 50.
``Hanuman Chalisa," written in the 16th century by one of the greatest of all time devotees Sri Tulsidas, describes the extreme devotion of Sri Hanuman towards Sri Ram. It is believed that the recitaton of the 40 stanzas praising Hanuman, renowned for his strength and courage, will help one overcome all obstacles. Hanuman Chalisa and the Hanuman stotras in the audio album released by Super Audio with the tuneful singing and clear chanting by P. S. Raghuraman, Malola Kannan and Jagadeesa Bhat form a very special devotional bond with the listener. The guidance for their effort has been provided by Dr. R. Tyagarajan and popular music director Manicka Vinayakam. S.P.
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