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Splendid lyrics and swaras

Kosmic Music - Carnatic Classical - Masterpiece - K. V. Narayanaswami - 1153C - 1163C - 1173C - Price not indicated.

KOSMIC MUSIC'S pack of three KVN albums has the quality to double the joys and halve the troubles. The accompanists are M. S. Gopalakrishnan (violin) and senior mridangam vidwan Palghat Raghu. The unique Bhairavi ata tala varnam of Pachimiryam Adiappaiyer rendered in two speeds is a standing example of how both the dhaivatams should be sung without offending raga lakshana.

"Vatapi Ganapatim" of Dikshitar and the chain of kalpanaswaras effectively raise the momentum. It is unusual for neraval to be sung for the atana kriti of Tyagaraja, "Elanee Dayaradha," but KVN being a master of neraval, expands the lyrics "Rara Devadi" with aesthetic eloquence and adds sarvalagu swara sequences to the exercise.

Swati Tirunal's "Deva Deva,'' in Mayamalavagowla is a more popular and often heard song than his Poorvikalyani kriti, "Deva Deva."

The brief alapana of Poorvikalyani and the rendition of the kriti with crisp solfa matrices, are invested with soothing cadences of melody coupled with tight rhythm. Sriranjani is elaborated with emphasis on bhava and raga swaroopa. The violinist's delineation is suffused with mellifluent prayogas while Sivan's beautiful "Ini Oru Kanam" with neraval and swaras marks KVN's commitment to traditional values.

Kambhoji is afforded alluring treatment in the different sthayis with phrases imbued with composure and strengthened with percentage sruti alignment. M. S. Gopalakrishnan's magnificent, musical flow in his description of the raga is a vintage claret considerably enhancing listening interest.

Rasa vilasa is a weighty composition of Swati Tirunal, and the musician with his artistic sensitivity presents the song with its splendid lyrics, jatis and swaras in truly heart-winning style. The ugabhoga in Chenchurutti, and "Kaliyugadhalli" by Purandaradasa are honeyed interpretations as a prelude to the heavy segment of Ragam, Tanam and Pallavi. The detailed, step-by-step development of Bhairavi with quintessential sequences is an object lesson to vidyarthis.

The essay on the violin, neat and compact, holds sway over the rasika's imagination. The special feature in the vidwan's neraval is that he blends arithmetical calculations with melody so effortlessly. The ragamalika swaras in Bilahari, Varali and Surati are well knit passages. The concluding part of the performance comprises songs of Vedanayakam Pillai, Marimuthapillai, Bharatiar, Arunagirinathar and a tillana by Tirugokarnam Bhagavatar in Poorvikalyani. Palghat Raghu's percussion support is absolutely out of the top drawer.


Geethanjali has released four new CDs to coincide with Vinayaka Chaturthi. `Ganesa Sahasranamam and other Ganesa Stotras' is a compilation of sacred Sanskrit recitals on Ganesha by Thyagarajan, P. S. Raghuraman, J. Bakthavatsalam and P. Murali. `Sri Ganapati Vandana' is another Sanskrit recital rendered by R. Thiagarajan, Malolakkannan, Sivarajan, Karpooram and Bhaktavatsalam with technical support from music director V. R. Manikkavinayagam.

The other two CDs comprise Tamil compositions. Anuradha Ramanan has teamed up with music director Dhina and lyricist Kadalmathi for `Aanai Mugan' priced at Rs. 100.

`Vinayagar Thiruppalliyezhuchi,' with a retail price of Rs. 200, comprises songs by Tamilnambi sung by Pithukuli Murugadas. Music is by Surumbiyan.

All the four CDs are produced and marketed by Super Audio (Madras) Pvt. Ltd. (Ph: 2853 5188/ 28535177).

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