The 39-minute classical fusion album has five Annamayya Kritis and two each by Jayadeva and Lalithadasar

Classical fusion album ‘Bhavayami’, put together by Television personality Swapna Sundari and music director Kamlakhar, was recently released in the presence of legendary singers P. Suseela and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam at a function held at Ravindra Bharati. The 39-minute album has five Annamayya Kritis and two kritis each by Jayadeva and Lalithadasar.

While Swapna Sundari is known for her mellifluous voice, Kamlakhar is one who perpetually hunts for new artistes and instruments. The album is pleasing for more reasons than one, according to Swapna. “The word ‘Bhavayami’ can mean my expression, my meditation and my remembrance of God. Although I have made light music albums before, this blend of classical and fusion is a first for me. I am happy at the way it was received by music-lovers,” she said.

Both Suseela and Balasubrahmanyam showered praises on her. “Swapna Sundari’s voice is crystal clear, and her soulful rendition is wonderful, while Kamlakhar has done a wonderful job,” said Balasubrahmanyam at the function.

The album has Kamlakhar bringing to loudspeakers the instruments ‘Hulusi’ and ‘Bawu’ for the first time. “I picked them up when travelling in China. The ‘Bawu’ is a flute with a very different sound and an Oriental flavour,” he said and added that the response from the audience was proof enough for their effect on ears.

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