Young fingers, precious gems
Serendipity Music Productions - Carnatic Classical Instrumental Keyboard - Carnatic on keyboard - Master K. Sathyanarayanan - SM P101 Vol. 1 - Rs. 40.
THE EIGHT-YEAR-OLD child prodigy, K. Sathyanarayana, has the distinction of being featured in the Limca Book of Records, 2003, as the youngest Indian to pass Grade IV, Electronic keyboard examination of Trinity College, London.
This is his debut album, released by Serendipity Productions. Embar Kannan on the violin, B. Ganapathiram on the mridangam and S. Karthik on the ghatam are the experienced accompanists.
Mallari, a musical form in Gambeera Nattai, with the rendering in different kalapramanams sets a brisk tempo.
Dikshitar's "Vathapi Ganapathim" in Hansadhwani, with sparkling swara passages in the charanam are to the youngster's credit.
The Arabhi rathna, "Saadhinchine", "Bantu Reethi" in Hamsanaadham, and the evergreen "Nagumomu" are played with considerable musical comprehension. Mohanam is an ideal raga to suit the keyboard, and the boy highlights the charm of the melody. "Gopika Manoharam," embellished with solfa sequences, "Alaipayude", Oothukaadu's masterpiece in Kaanada, a lilting Tirupuggazh, "Bhagyadalakshmi Baaramma" in Madhyamavathi and Lalgudi Jayaraman's Mohanakalyani all played with cheer and joy, lends credence to the thought that artistes are not born, they are ordained.
Chakkarika - Devotional Chant - Desikasthotrams - Rs. 36 each - 6 Volumes - CAS 1027, CAS 1031, CAS 1046, CAS 1061, CAS 1122, CAS 1127.
Sriman Venkatanatharyaha Kavitharkika Kesari Vedanthacharya Varyomal Samidatham Sadahridi 731 years ago, the small village of Topul, near Kancheepuram, whose presiding deity is Deepa Prakasha, was blessed by the birth of Venkatanatha.
He became the King of Kings in the field of Hindu religion and philosophy.
He was a devotee nonpareil and his Sthotras such as the "Paduka Sahasram", extolling the Holy Padukas, Raghuveera Gadyam, Daya Suthakam, Gopalavimshathi, Godha Sthuti, Varadaraja Panchasath, Hayagreeva Sthotram, Gatheeraja Sapthathi, Dasavathara Sthotram, Desika Mangalas, Asanam and others are immortal works of erudition, devotion and unconditional surrender to the Almighty, emphasising the Sharanagathi tatva.
Chakkrika has released six audio volumes with the sthotrams of Vedantha Desika chanted with perfect synchronisation of bhakthi and emotion, rendered by eminent scholars like Sri Tirunaagai, N. Veeraraghavachariar and Sri M. V. Ananta Padmanabhan. These remind one of Rabindranath Tagore's lines in his Gitanjali, "Him, whom my mind cannot grasp, His feet I touch with my song." S. P.
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