CD on Lord Ranganatha released

Sundar Bhattar, a priest in Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, releasing 'Arangam Amudam' CD in Tiruchi on Wednesday. E. Selvamani, chairman, E.S. Group of Institutions, receiving the first copy. With them are Prema Nandakumar (second from right), and Sakthi R. Rajalakshmy, Harikatha exponent. Photo: A. Muralitharan  

A compact disc titled Arangan Amudham was released at Srirangam on Wednesday.

The CD comprising 14 songs pertains to various functions and rituals associated with the Srirangam Sri Ranganathaswamy temple.

The devotional songs composed by Sakthi R. Rajalakshmy, Harikatha exponent, describe minute details on the needs of devotees from outside Tiruchi district and Srirangam in particular. “Local devotees are quite aware of every details and systems adopted at this temple; but my aim is to popularise this vital information to people outside the district,” she says.

The first song was composed in 2004 and the compositions are based on experience gained by devotees, particularly Alwars in realising the blessings of Srirangam.

Apart from writing the songs, she had composed the music. “The songs have been composed in various popular ‘ragam’ such as Chakravagam, Thodi, and Hamsanandi,” she said.

Geetha Kannan, her daughter, and Vaishnavi alias Bhavya, grand-daughter have accompanied Ms. Rajalakshmi. Vijayaraghavan has accompanied them on mridangam, Jyothish Sarma on flute, Mythili on veena, and Sudarshan on harmonium.

Sundar Bhattar released the compact disc and the first copy was received by E. Selvamani, chairman of E.S. Group of Educational Institutions.

Prema Nandakumar, writer, and Revathi Muthusamy, founder of Srirangam Bharatha Natyalaya, were present.

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