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Sree Vidyadhiraja Hridayanjali

JVN Cassettes

Price: Rs 50

Vidyadhiraja or Chattambi Swamikal as he was known, was a person who showed the world that spirituality did not hide behind saffron robes. He lived like an ordinary person but rose above the earthly beings in his spirituality. He was no godman who relied on any sort of antics or encouraged a mass following. Ahead of the times, he surely was. Therefore very few got to know the great person he was. The late Jagathy Velayudhan Nair, a professor, did research on Sree Vidyadhiraja for years and the lyrics he wrote of this sainltly person has been brought out into an album now by his wife, Kumbalath Shanthakumari Amma.

M G Radhakrishnan, his disciple, has composed music for these lyrics. His sister Omanakkutty and others have sung these simple touching lines endearingly.

The bhakthi element dominates throughout. Traditional music with minimalistic background score gives one the opportunity to dwell deep on the lines and take in the spirit of it. The mellifluous flute and sonorous sruthi do not deter the voice track. An introduction by M.G. Radhakrishnan is followed by a short `Vandana Slokam,' after which there are seven more. Clear, correct pronunciation sure is a treat to the ears. A truly majestic offering to one's guru.

Devarajan Sangeetholsavam (Vol I & II)

Nadakaganangal, Chalachitraganangal

Music Zone,

Price: Rs 45 each

The thumping success of the two-day Devarajan Sangeetholsavam at the Fine Arts Hall, held recently, culminated in an album in two parts. The choicest of old hits in cinema and drama, sung with care, under the baton of the old master is on sale now. Jesudas, Madhuri, Jayachandran, Venugopal and from the younger crowd, Vijesh, Vidhu Pratap, Madhu Balakrishnan and Rashmi, among others, sing these hits. From Ponnaruval Ambiliyil... to Chandrakalabham... the selection of songs is nostalgic, representative of the range that Devarajan is capable of.



Price: Rs 50

Muraleenadam is a cassetteful of devotional songs, all on Ambalappuzha Sreekrishnan. Chowalloor Krishnankutty has written three lyrics. Kumbalam Vikraman, Saji Sreevalsam, Kavitha Kizhakkethil, Ambalappuzha Sukumaran Nair have written the rest. Biju Narayan has sung three songs. Neelaneeradavarna, sung by the husky-voiced Natesh Shankar, is full of bhakthi . Kallara Gopan's `Krishnamrithathilalinja..' is soothing and easy on the mind. Vidyadharan's music keeps to traditional paths, but then, one cannot expect devotionals to be different. If they are, they wouldn't be devotionals. The lyrics are meaningful here, which cannot be said of many devotional music cassettes. Stories of Ambalappuzha Sreekrishna, like the one when he pleases a young Brahmin boy who thought the neivedyam had to be partaken by the Lord, make the songs worth listening to. The use of nagaswaram, edakka and flute in the background score is inkeeping with the subject and tenor of the album.



Price: Rs 175

Love numbers sell. Even if they are not filmi ones. The CD called Swantham, brought out by Eastcoast, has top rung singers crooning romantic lyrics set to haunting tunes. Mammooty's deep voice introduces the songs. The intro is long winded, but the songs are worth listening to. Ithramel, by Jesudas and Sujatha is the first song. M.G. Sreekumar, Jayachandran, G. Venugopal, Vijay Jesudas, Chinmayi, Farad, sing the other songs. M. Jayachandran's music is not raucous and therefore there is room for romance to set in. Vijayan Eastcoast's lyrics hark back to old days when being in love was more than just eating ice cream together and going for a movie. Relaxed love. That is stressed in Swantham. High time the high BP type is replaced.


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