Kosmic KM1793C Focus on Percussion Fusion for Freedom Guru Kaaraikudi Mani and Tiruvalaputhur T. A. Kaliyamurthi Rs. 50.
GURU KAARAIKUDI Mani's, innovative mind, with a desire to explore fresh avenues, has been responsible for the enviable slot that he occupies in the field of percussion. His latest venture titled, `Amrutham' is an imaginative, novel effort.
"Laya Kavidhai" in which Mani plays the mridangam to suit his oral recitation of the lyrics that have been composed by Ravi, gives a new dimension to the percussive art.
"Thwameva," a salutation to all elders and the learned scholars, begins with the singing of the Pallavi line of Tyagaraja's "Endaro Mahanubhavulu" in Sriragam, and moves on to a folk tune, Tyagaraja's "Nagumomu" in Abheri, as the raga is popularly known, and finally to a mangalam in Madhyamavati.
"Asathoma Sathga maya" is a piece for universal peace, says the inlay card. The harmony in the pleasant singing of Sharreth and the accompanists convey the message succinctly. The art of Konnakol is fast disappearing from the face of Carnatic Music, but D. A. Srinivas handles this genre with complete confidence and effortless ease.
Mayuram Viswanatha Sastri's "Jayati Jayati" normally sung in Khamas wears an appealing apparel tuned with musical sensitivity by Sharreth's shifting the modal tonic to provide rich shades of Tilang, Ritigowla, Arabhi, Suddhadhanyasi and Kamavardhani.
The song closes with the Pallavi being rendered in the original raga Khamas. Sharreth singing reveals his leanings towards the musical idiom of Dr. Balamuralikrishna.
The music in raga Kapi has been conceived by Mani indicative of his marked creative talent.
The tani avartanam by Mani and Tiruvalaputhur Kaliyamurthi on the tavil is a powerful, stimulating interlude. The splendid finishing sequence involving Kanda, Tisra, Misra and Sankeerna patterns is poetry in rhythm.
B. V. Balasai (flute), A. Durga Prasad (gottuvadyam), Embar Kannan (violin), Raju (saxophone), Sharreth (keyboard), D. A. Srinivas (mridangam support and Konnakol), V. Suresh (ghatam), B. Sunderkumar (kanjira), Kesavan (chendai), and Madhusudhan on the tabla are the members in the orchestral ensemble.
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