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Obeisance to Sri Sarada

V. BALASUBRAMANIAN
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CD A garland of hymns by the Sringeri Acharyas. V. BALASUBRAMANIAN

Album dedicated to Sri Sarada.
Album dedicated to Sri Sarada.

A di Sankara established the first of the four pitams at Sringeri several centuries ago.

He and his successors have sung innumerable slokas and hymns in praise of Goddess Sarada, presiding deity of the pitam.

The Chityala family, in the United States, (U.S.), has produced and dedicated a CD comprising selections from these works.

Violin vidwan R.K. Shriramkumar has composed music in a pure classical mode, which is the highlight of this CD.

His violin, Manoj Siva's mridangam, and Anirud Athreya's ganjira blend so well that nowhere are they obtrusive.

Bombay Jayashri has sung all the hymns, handling the Sanskrit lyrics of the highest order with aplomb. Biju James who has recorded, mixed and mastered the CD has to be commended for his tasteful approach.

Sri Chandrasekara Bharati's Sarada gitam in ragas Paraju, Khamboji and Hamir Kalyani, Sri Sarada Varnamalasthavah in ragas Dwijavanthi, Behag, Jonpuri and Durga, Adi Sankara's ‘Sri Sarada Bhujanga Pratyaksham' in ragamalika are included in this collection. Shriramkumar's training in classical music has helped him in selecting the right tala for each of the hymns with varying meters.

Priced at Rs. 100, the CDs are available at all the Sringeri Branches. Buyers can also write to sharadac@aol.com.


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