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From vintage to the recent

Isai Payanam - Live in concert - by Raguraj Chakravarthy and his troupe - presented by Jeyanth Home Video, in Germany - produced by The Chennai Music, New No. 107/43, Rangarajapuram Main Road, Kodambakkam, Chennai-600024. (Ph: 23724082).

GONE ARE the days when light music troupes could select a few popular numbers and sing them on stage in a manner as close to the original as possible. Light music shows are now expected to be innovative. In fact it is the only way to stay in the race. Following the trend and yet adding a touch of uniqueness to it all, is Raguraj Chakravarthy's "Isai Payanam", a live show that has been released as a three-disc VCD recently. From composer G. Ramanathan to A. R. Rahman, that is from 1950 to 2000, Raguraj Chakravarthy has sifted and offered 24 numbers in this VCD, which includes some of best compositions of the likes of S.V. Venkataraman and Ilaiyaraja . The list of singers — Sriprakash, Haja, Arjith, Ramya, Anita, Janani and Gayathri — has no known name, but the attempt to do their best is evident. Arjith and Janani, who make an impact with the challenging compositions of T. G. Lingappa ("Kaana Inbam") and Adi Narayana Rao ("Thesulavudhae ... "), deserve special mention. Incidentally, Arjith is the son of actor and musician, Madan Bob.

"Isai Payanam" is a live recording of a light music programme. And that probably explains the reasons for the aural oddities and the slight off key slants at certain points. All the same, it is a diligent effort by Raguraj Chakravarthy and his troupe. So those with a yen for both ancient delights and modern strains could find the "Isai Payanam" collection worthwhile.

MALATHI RANGARAJAN

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