ALBUM Listen to Saashwathi as she renders kritis and slokas of different composers. PVK

This CD, consists of seven numbers sung by Saashwathi Prabhu from the Lalgudi stable. The instrumental orchestration is a medley of Western and Hindustani, composed by the singer herself and is of a professional standard. Saashwathi’s first rendering is the popular ‘Bagyadha Lakshmi Baaramma’ in Madhyamavathi (Purandaradasa). Padma Shankar provides able support on the violin. Following this is ‘Vellai Thamarai’ (Abheri with Chatusruti Daivatham) of Subramania Bharati. The instrumental score for ‘Akhilandeswari’ (Dwijavanti-Dikshitar)is noteworthy.

Saashwathi has effectively vocalised this composition with all the fine embellishments made by her illustrious guru. Devotional verses that feature here are ‘Mookambika Ashtakam,’ composed by Sri Indiran (Devas) and part of the Shyamala Dandakam . The credit for scoring the music goes to Saashwathi, who has done her task well. Padma Shankar has also provided background vocal support for the first two songs. Artistes featured in the inlay card are Satish (flute), Donan (guitar) and N. Sundar (tabla and khol).

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HYMNS TO THE GODDESS

Saashwathi Prabhu

Audio CD - Classical

Price: Rs 150