Devotional Journeys – CD Review

Ranjani Govind reviewed my two CDs – Anjaneya Arathi & Saranagathi in the Hindu.

Vocalist Chitra Srikrishna brings together several composers and compositions in her two music albums

There are so many ways in which one could make CD packaging an interesting combo. Thematic assemblage is something we notice these days, and what we have in Carnatic vocalist Chitra Srikrishna’s latest offer is her bringing together of several kritis on Lord Anjaneya from a variety of composers for her audio CD “Anjaneya Aarathi”(CD, Swathi Sanskriti Series, Rs. 150). She is accompanied by Charulatha Ramanujam on the violin and C. Cheluvaraju on the mridanga.

“Anjaneya is one of the champion-hero’s of our epic Ramayana and in his qualities of being a prime bhaktha towards his Lord, he embodies unalloyed devotion and is a symbol of courage and commitment. Most of the saint-composers have kritis on the monkey-God in several languages that reflects His universal appeal,” says Chitra Srikrishna who has with care selected some interesting kritis of Mysore Vasudevachar, Purandaradasa, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Tyagaraja, Swathi Tirunal and Tanjore S. Kalyanaraman.

Read the full review in the Hindu here.

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