Tantra Solvmation, Toronto, Canada TSMV 0202 - Carnatic Classical vocal - Ananda - Swati Tirunal kritis - Price not mentioned.
ANANDA, DAUGHTER of the late veena vidwan M. A. Kalyanakrishna Bhagavathar who was also a notable vocalist, has proved herself to be the worthy scion of a proud musical tradition. Her CD album comprising the kritis of Swati Tirunal begins with a lively version of "Pahi Sripathe" in Hamsadwani, embellished with swaraprastharas flawless in rhythm and clarity.
The bhava in Bilahari flows smoothly in the raga expansion, while Embar Kannan responds with a brief attractive alapana with a velvety sheen. The neat rendition of "Santatam Bhajami" and the spontaneous solfa passages without superfluity are pleasing. The raga prastara of Pantuvarali, with the singer's voice in mint condition, is a compact essay free of redundancy. The violinist toes the path of the vocalist with sincerity and presents a limpid flow of melody.
Melakkaveri K. Balaji and Adambakkam Shankar on the mridangam and ghatam respectively have added to the quality of the programme with their percussion support and tani avartanam.
"Ramachandra Prabhu" in sweet Sindubhairavi is a mellifluous end piece.
Tantra Solvmation, Toronto, Canada TSMV 0201 - Carnatic Classical vocal - Ananda - Ananda Sangeetham - Price not mentioned.
Another CD volume of Ananda with the same team of accompanists consists of compositions of well-known composers. The invocatory song, "Pranamamyaham" on Lord Ganesha, by Mysore Vasudevacharya in raga Gowla makes for an auspicious beginning. The agenda includes the jewel of swarajathi, Shyama Sastri's "Rave Himagiri Kumari" in Todi, Purandaradasa's "Yadhava Nee Bha", and the sparkling tillana of Swati Tirunal in raga Dhanasri.
Durbar is one of the rakthi ragas that does not lend itself to extensive elaboration. Ananda's short alapana has apposite prayogas that highlight the swaroopa of the raga. Garbhapurivasa's not very familiar song, "Nannukaruninchi Brovave" and the precise kalpanaswaras are quite impressive. The splendour and majesty of Sankarabharanam have a singular fragrance and the artiste's alapana and tanam have quality that focus on the raga's intrinsic nature. Embar Kannan's reply is reflective of an artiste reaching a commendable level of artistry due to conscious effort and discipline.
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