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CELEBRATING DEITIES: S.A.K. Durga (left), hands over first copy of the DVD `Devi Kshetra Kritis' to D.S. Ramanujam, Karthik Fine Arts secretary. M. Lalitha and M. Nandhini are also in the picture. Photo: S.S. Kumar
CELEBRATING DEITIES: S.A.K. Durga (left), hands over first copy of the DVD `Devi Kshetra Kritis' to D.S. Ramanujam, Karthik Fine Arts secretary. M. Lalitha and M. Nandhini are also in the picture. Photo: S.S. Kumar

Staff Reporter

Part of concert under the auspices of the Brahma Gana Sabha

Chennai: A live concert DVD of Devi Kshetra Kritis by M. Lalitha and M. Nandini has been released by S.A.K. Durga, ethnomusicologist. The programme was part of the concert held under the auspices of the Brahma Gana Sabha.

Dr. Durga said that the sisters, who give violin duet performances, had always maintained their classical base.

"Novel idea"

D.S. Ramanujam, Secretary, Karthik Fine Arts, where the performance of the Devi Kshetra Kritis was staged, said that with Dr. Lalitha's research background as a Ph.D. in music, the project on Devi Kshetra Kritis was a novel idea.

Wide variety

The album contains compositions on the different Devi deities in Chidambaram, Pudukottai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvaiyaru, Tirunelveli, Madurai and Thirumayilai.

Visuals of the deities and the temples are also featured in the DVD.

Compositions

The compositions of Gopalakrishna Bharati, Harikesanallur Muthiah Bhagavathar, Subbaraya Sastri, Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshithar and Papanasam Sivan find a place in the album. The DVD release was followed by a concert by the violin duo with Kumbakonam Ramakrishnan on the mridangam and G. Ravichandran on the ghatam.

The album is brought out by Santhananda Soundscapes. It is priced at Rs. 150 and is available at the Sankara Hall. Details: 98401 22729.

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