Can a song, one by an obscure composer become popular solely based on a singer’s rendition? There are a surprising number of such songs that have shot to prominence. Here is one such story which became well known after M.S.Subbalakshmi’s concert. The song Ikainaina, the composer, Tirupati Narayanaswamy and the raga Pushpalatika were not well-known in the concert circuit. It went down in the annals of Carnatic music history as a successful attempt to showcase a raga that didn’t seem to offer much scope earlier.
Here is the rendition by M.S.Subbalakshmi singing Ikainaina and the neraval at “Akalanga Neeve” at the beginning of the anupallavi. The neraval which is rich in melody and rhythm is systematically developed by the stalwart. When it ends in a climax there is a richly-deserving and deafening applause from the audience. I can never tire of listening to this masterpiece.