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Delectable chain of swaras

Kosmic Music - Carnatic Classical - Lalgudi G. Jayaraman - 1) KM0472C, 2) KM0482C Instrumental Violin - Rs. 100.

THE DOUBLE cassette album of Lalgudi G. Jayaraman's violin concert recorded at the Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in 1982 is rightly named `Masterpiece.' The vidwan for all seasons has been accompanied by son, G.J.R. Krishnan (violin), and Karaikudi R. Mani on the mridangam. "Sri Narada" by Tyagaraja with a delectable chain of swaras in the Pallavi is an impressive harbinger. Garbhapurivasar's "Maruvakadaya" in Mohanam, not heard often on the concert platform, is charged with melody while the meticulous swara passages evoke a prompt listening response.

"Nannu Brovu" in raga Lalita, a janya of the 15th Mela Mayamalavagowla, is a beautiful interpretation underlined with aesthetic sensitivity. Bhadrachalam Ramadasar's "Enna ganu" and Dikshitar's soul stirring composition "Akhilandeswari" in Dwijavanti are gems that are imbued with that exclusive virtue - class. Bindumalini, a winsome raga is a derivative of the 16th Mela Chakravaham and Tyagaraja's only song in this melody, "Enta muddo," structured with uncomplicated yet mellifluent sangatis, is a thing of joy. Papanasam Sivan's "Nee Irangayenil" on Devi Lakshmi is played with such involvement that the musical expression in spite of being instrumental, gives an intuitive perception of the composer's emotions and for those who are familiar with the lyrics, it is an abiding experience. The inherent beauty of Suruti is further enhanced by the playing of prayogas emphasising sukha bhava and eschewing ritualistic sancharas. Tyagaraja's "Gitarthamu" speaks about the bliss of music and also of the greatness of the devotee supreme, Anjaneya, who treasures the blessed feet of the Lord in the innermost recesses of his heart. The song version has a timeless quality and a transcendental resplendence. The solpha sequences are, as customary with the Lalgudi tradition, swara perfect and rhythm perfect.

For children

Kosmic - Traditional - Slokas for Children - S. Rajeswari - KM 1103C and 1113C - Rs. 40 each.

Slokas extolling various Hindu deities such as Ganesha, Lakshmi, Kamakshi and Aaditya Hrudayam on Surya Bhagwan, Soundarya Lahari, Margabandhu Stotram, prayers for relief from bad dreams, and others that would help youngsters to appreciate human values, inculcate discipline and humility and acquiring knowledge of the Hindu religion have been released by Kosmic Music, to pave the background for a healthy way of life. S. Rajeswari has chanted the slokas with absolute clarity to enable children to learn the hymns in these albums with perfection. — S.P.

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