Nithyasree Mahadevan

Nithyasree Mahadevan

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About this album

Neyyattinkara Vasudevan is yet another spirited singer from the Semmangudi tradition. In this album he renders six compositions of six different well-known composers.

1. The Gowla raga krithi of Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar on Lord Ganapathi, the elephant - faced God who is enshrined at the temple on the banks of the Kamalalaya (in Tiruvarur); the composer describes the form and glories of this deity whom he addresses as the boat, which helps to cross the bondage of life. This composition is set in Misra Chapu Talam. The kriti is Sri Mahaganapathi.

2. Maharaja Swati Tirunal's kriti seeking protection from the valorous Lord Sri Padmanabha is set in Raga Hindolam and Tala Adi and the Sahitya begins as 'Padmanabha Pahi' - 'Protect oh Sri Padmanabha'

3. 'Pahi Pahi Pavanangi' is a composition of Sri.K.C.Kesava Pillai set in raga Purvi Kalyani and tala Adi (Tisra Nadai).

4. 'Niravadhi Sukhada', a composition of Sri Thyagaraja (Ravichandrika - Adi) refers to the endless joy bestowed (upon the devotee) by Lord Rama who is described with several attributes and glories.

5. Shyama Sastri's kriti on Devi Kamakshi, begs for protection by the deity who is also known as Sri Lalitha, who is the pacifier of all sins and whom the composer calls out for rendering quick refuge. The kriti is 'Paalinchy kamakshi', set in Madhyamavathi raga and Adi tala.

6. The highest blissful joy arising out of deep devotion to Lord Krishna, who lifted the Govardhana Mountain, forms the theme of the Tarangam composition of Sri Narayana Theertha, the author of the musical work known as Sri Krishna Leela Tarangini. The kriti 'Govardhana Giridhara' is in Raga Durbari Kanada and Tala Adi.


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