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Tribute to M.S.Subbulakshmi by Bombay Jayashri
Its almost impossible to count the number of times the legendary carnatic vocalist Bharat ratna M.S.Subbulakshmi seems to re-invent herself in the world of music. This time in the dusky voice of none other than Bombay Jayashri as a tribute to the musician diva. Bombay Jayashri also makes a decent comeback into the world of classical music after her brief stint in film playback singing. The album contains ten tracks that were once sung by M.S. The alubm opens with Sri varalakshmi in sri ragam composed by Muthuswamy dikshitaar. You must also check out some of the better known seasoned M.S tracks like annamayas Sriman narayana in Bowli and bhavayami gopala balam in Yamuna kalyani. Accompanied by embar kannan on the violin and patri satish kumar on the mrigandam, this album manages to just touch on the M.S nostalgia.
Best Moments: Bombay Jayashris rendering of C.rajagopalacharis hymn Kurai undrum illai which was made extremely popular by M.S is worth listening to in jayashris dusky voice. It would have been lovely to have a vocal accompanist. Its impossible to not remember the good old M.S even as the cd moves track after track.
Best Moments: The pallavi of kiravani ninne nammiti neerajadala nayana rendered in a mix of hamsanandi, vasanthi and nasikabhushani exudes some wonderful notes by Unnikrishnan. His reach of the octaves is commendable. A highly recommended album for an evening listening to some serious music.
NADALOKA by Mysore Nagaraj and Manjunath
The mysore brothers are
back again with a bang and this time with some excellent music for a lighter
hearing. Mysore M.Nagaraj and Dr.M.Manjunath need to introduction to the
world of violin music. Early in the public media as well known child prodigies,
their concerts are flocked to by music lovers, unlike no other artists
in Karnataka. The current album Nadaloka is a compilation of five wonderful
soul-stirring tracks from the violin duo. The album opens with everyones
most favorite classic number vaathapi ganapathim bajey in
hamsadhwani raagam, but not the regular way. A small mini aalapam precedes
the track and keeps you curious about how these brothers might develop
the ragaam. The second track is tyagarajas samaja varagamana
set to adi talam in raagam Hindolam. One of the wonderful things about
this album is the ghatam by giridhar udupa. One can clearly hear the music
he makes on his magic pot all through the length of each track.
Best moments: The fourth track on the album, Tyagarajas Nagumomu kanaleni in aabheri raagam played by the duet of violins is a different transcendental experience on its own. Its twenty three minutes of sheer bliss. Not a note gone faulty, not a tune stretched. Youll keep hearing this track in an endless loop.
MUSIC COURTESY: Sri Saibaba Cassette Center, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bangalore.
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