Mysore Subramanya reviewed my Feb 27, 2011 concert in the Deccan Herald.
Chitra Srikrishna is a seasoned vocalist with two decades of concert experience behind her. Apart from winning prizes from prestigious institutions like Music Academy and Gayana Samaja, she has performed in many Sabhas, both in and outside India.
Chitra performed a vocal concert on Friday for the Bangalore Lalitha Kala Parishat. She opened the concert with the ‘Sri Mahaganapathim’ of Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar and followed it up with ‘Pranamamyaham’. Purandara Dasa’s popular devaranama “Nambi Kettavarillavo” was elaborately rendered with nerval (Garuda Gamana Shree). The ‘Ramanama Bhajisidavage’ of Gopaladasaru, is a good addition to the concert repertoire. Another composition of Tyagaraja ‘Kaligeyunte’ received appealing airing.
A number of devotional like – Kande Na, Karedare barabarade (Kamalesha Vittala), Saaridano (Vadirajaru), Athalithala hogadanthe (Basavanna) – were also delightful. Senior instrumentalists – Lalgudi Rajalakshmi and B K Chandramouli gave good support on violin and mridanga.
The original review appeared here.
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.