Violin maestro Lalgudi G. Jayaraman’s daughter and disciple Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (vocal and violin) has released a CD titled ‘Nada Natana’ on his tillanas. The CD has been brought out in collaboration with Murad Ali (sarangi), Anil Srinivasan (piano), Arun Prakash (mridangam), Sai Shravanam (tabla) and B.S. Purushothaman (ganijira) in a CD titled ‘Nada Natana’.
A release function was held at Rukmini Arangam located in the picturesque Kalakshetra campus, Adyar. Releasing the audio disc, Dr. Leela Samson, director, Kalakshetra, said Lalgudi’s compositions have been the toast of dancers of all generations. She made specific mention of how his tillanas have inspired the artist fraternity. “I think it is a blessing to be living during his time. The stature of tillanas in Carnatic music improved phenomenally after Lalgudi started composing,” she said.
The first copy was received by Andrew Simkins, U.S. Consul General in Chennai. Mr. Andrew recommended that ‘Nada Natana’ must be heard by one and all as the music is soothing. He also referred to the album of tillanas ‘Dance of Sound’ by Lalgudi released about three decades ago.
In her acceptance speech, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi said her guru’s compositions brim with bhava, and can be enjoyed by even a lay man, its intricate laya, notwithstanding. Lalgudi G J R Krishnan was also present.
The Consul General’s sister, Elizabeth Simkin, who during her short visit to India, met Lalgudi Krishnan to get an insight into Carnatic music, has played the cello in one of the tillanas.
Keywords: Lalgudi G. Jayaraman