T his compilation of nine kritis of Muthuswamy Dikshitar from earlier recordings is sung by well-known vocalists and offers listening pleasure in contrasting styles.
Maharajapuram Santhanam's rendering of ‘Vatapi Ganapathim' (Hamsadhwani) provides an auspicious start.
A weighty version of one of the Panchalinga kritis, ‘Sri Kalahasthisa' (Huseini), is offered by D.K. Jayaraman and his disciples.
The Dwijawanthi song ‘Akhilandeswari' is a soothing rendition by T.N. Seshagopalan.
‘Pahimam Parvathi' (Mohanam) in the melliflous voice of Sudha Ragunathan is sung as per the patanthara of T. M. Tyagarajan.
Bombay Sisters, Saroja and Lalitha, have vocalised a bhava rich ‘Kanjadalayathakshi' in Kamalamanohari, with an attractive chittaswaram appendage.
A brief vinyasa of Suddha Dhanyasi is sung by T.V. Sankaranarayanan followed by ‘Subrahamanyena' with kalpanaswaras for the pallavi opening.
The alapana of Amruthavarshini by Jayalakshmi (Radha Jayalakshmi) is thoroughly enjoyable.
The range and timbre of Jayalakshmi's voice is amazing with brigas falling like a strong shower.
She reaches up to the thara sthayi sadjam effortlessly and the descent to the adhara sadjam is a sheer delight. ‘Anandamruthakarshini' is beautifully rendered with chittaswaram covering four avarthanams (adi talam). This chittaswaram is not the oft heard one for this song.
The disc comes to a close with a sedate ‘Mamava Pattabhi Rama' (Manirangu) by Maharajapuram Santhanam and a breezy ‘Rangapuravihara' (Brindavana Saranga) by Radha and Jayalakshmi.
Gems of Dikshitar- Vol. 1 Various artists Aditya Music Classical series. MRP Rs 150.