Balakrishna Sastrigal – Harikatha – Thyagaraja Keerthanai Vilakkam [DVD]
Sathguru Thyagaraja Keerthanai Vilakkam ** A rare video retrieval from archives ** Bonus: MP3 Audio Version ** Brahmasri T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal's penchant for and expertise in rendering and visualising Sathguru Thyagaraja's compositions are legendary. In this very rare video retrieval from archives (picture clarity to be forgiven for content value), TSB had meticulously hand picked certain Keerthanas for elaborate delineation in his own inimitable perspective and style. Many students as well as connoisseurs of music who have heard as also sung these keerthanas are bound to get a new insight to these compositions. ** On Brahmasri T. S. Balakrishna Sastrigal (1919-2003): Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur, near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, he began performing at the age of 23 and held sway over Harikatha Kalakshebam for over 6 decades. A former senior executive of State Bank of India, his very name was synonymous with this traditional art of story-telling. With an amazing and unmatched command over the Vedas, Puranas, Sastras, classical music and a score of languages, he held the audience spell-bound with his flair, fervour, felicity of expression and a resonant voice. Among the countless titles and honors that were conferred on him, the title "Harikatha Rathnakara" bestowed on him by both the Paramachariyals of Kamakoti and Sringeri peetams simultaneously at Asthika Samaj, Chennai in the year 1966 stands out. Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Delhi honored him in1993. Music Academy, Chennai conferred on him the Sangeetha Kala Acharya Award in 1997. Tamil Nadu Government bestowed on him the Kalaimaamani title in 1972. ** Duration: 2 Hrs.
Bharatanatyam – Tamil Short Stories [DVD]
Tamil Short Stories In Bharathanatyam ** Bharatanatyam Natyarangam (Narada Gana Sabha Trust) Presents Bharatham Kathai Kathaiyaam ** Concept and Choice of Stories: Sujatha Vijayaraghavan ** This DVD is a live recording of two of the performances on the occasion of the thematic dance festival Bharatham Kathai Kathaiyaam of Natyarangam, the dance wing of Narada Gana Sabha Trust, Chennai in August 2011. Twelve Tamil short stories by eminent authors, spread over the last eight decades, were performed at the festival. The stories represent a wide choice of themes, characters and styles and reaffirm the positive values of life and the underlying nobility of the human spirit. This was the first time that Tamil short stories were attempted in Bharathanatyam. Performed by solo and duo artists to the accompaniment of non verbal music, both vocal and instrumental, each modern short story was followed by a parallel story from the epics, puranas, legend and history, also presented in Bharathanatyam. ** Presented in Bharathanatyam By Sangeeta Isvaran: Anilgal -Tamil short story by Sivasankari and Krauncha Vadham – Story from Valmiki Ramayanam ** Presented in Bharathanatyam By Navia Natarajan: Asalum Nagalum -Tamil short story by Indira Parthasarathy, Dhruva Charitram and Story from Vishnu Puranam ** Anilgal is a modern short story on a woman's grief and anger over the mindless killing of squirrels by her neighbour, who takes the extreme step to protect the fruits of her guava trees. The parallel story of Krauncha Vadham from Valmiki Ramayana describes the anguish of sage Valmiki over the killing of one of a pair of birds during their love play. His anger bursts forth as a verse that leads him to compose the epic Ramayana. ** Asalum Nagalum is a modern short story about a little girl Usha, who prefers a living mother in flesh and blood, albeit a step mother, to a lifelike portrait of her real mother, who is no more. The parallel story of Dhruvan from Vishnu Puranam depicts the story of a young prince yearning for his father's affection. Thwarted by his step mother, he enters the forest where his prayers and penance to Vishnu elevate him to the status of a star in the firmament. ** Duration: 2 Hrs. 4 Mins.
Sumitra-Sunanda – Gita Mala – Vol-2
Ambujam Krishna's Songs** Sung by Sumitra Nitin and Sunanda Narayanan ** Music by Ananthalakshmi Sadagopan ** Tracks: 1. Sangita Devathe – Mayamalavagowlai – Adi 2. Kodhandapaani – Valaji – Rupakam 3. Varavenum – Simhendra Madhyamam – Rupakam 4. Minnal kodiyo – Ragamaligai – Adi 5. Ennai kaividal – Varamu – Adi 6. En Azhaganai – PurviKalyani – Adi 7. Kannan endradhume – Ragamaligai – Adi (Tisra Gathi) ** Duration: 43 Mins.
Vishakha Hari – Harikatha – Sabari Moksham [DVD]
Smt. Vishakha Hari, one of the leading and very popular Harikatha exponents, presents the moving and heart rendering story of Sabari, who attained salvation at the feet of Lord Rama through her profound and unflinching devotion towards the Lord. "Sabari Moksham" is a beautiful incident in the Ramayan that took place in the woods of the dandakaranya. Sabari, an orphan and a lonely tribal woman suddenly finds herself transformed and realises the cause of it. Mathanga Rishi along with his disciples has chosen the banks of river Pampa for his stay. Freed from rancour and greed Sabari desires to serve the sadhus and is blessed by them. Mathanga Rishi further blesses her with the Rama Nama, the tharaka mantra which is capable of bringing the Lord to her dwelling. She chants the Mantra incessantly and after very many years Lord Rama and Lakshmana visit Sabari's ashram. She welcomes them, offers them fruits with her loving heart and finally offers herself at the feet of the Lord and attains moksha, liberation like a yogini. Glory to the power of Rama Nama and glory to the grace of the Guru. Smt. Vishakha Hari is the daughter-in-law of Paranur Mahatma Sri Sri Krishna Premi swamigal, who is also her spiritual Guru and the disciple of Padma Bhushan awardee Sri. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. She is an accomplished A-grade artist of All India Radio with number of honours to her name. She has been ably accompanied by Smt Padma Shankar on the violin and Sri Arjun Ganesh on the mridangam and Sri Trichy Murali on the ghatam. ** Tracks: 1. Kodandarama dashakam – Nattai, Mohanam, Nattaikurunji, sahana, madyamavathi – Sri KrishnaPremi 2. Shyamam – Panthuvarali verse from SriRamaKathamruthasaram – Sri KrishnaPremi 3. Appa Rama – Panthuvarali – Rupakam – Thyagaraja 4. Daro Jagganatha – Arabhi – Kanda nadai 5. Entha nerchina – Suddha Dhanyasi – Adi – Thyagaraja 6. Anathudanu – Jingla – Adi – Thyagaraja 7. Sa kadachith – Gadyam in Arabhi, Hindolam, Sindubhairavi – Sri KrishnaPremi Swami 8. Aadi Deva – Sindubhairavi – Adi – Annamacharya 9. Gurvashtakam – Reethigowlai – Sri KrishnaPremi swami 10. Ennapunniyam – Reethigowlai – Misra Chapu – Oothukadu Venkatakavi 11. Nanege – Behag – Kanda Chapu – Purandaradas 12. Koluvai – Bhairavi – Adi – Thyagaraja 13. Padavini – Salagabairavi – Adi – Thyagaraja 14. Pibare Rama – Yamunakalyani – Adi-Sadashiva Brahmendra 15. Nama Vaibhavam slokas 16. Vara Varuvai – Pauram in Kapi 17. Intha Soukhya – Kapi – Adi – Thyagaraja 18. Enthaninne – Mukhari – Rupakam – Thyagaraja ** Duration: 3 Hrs. 22 Mins.
Rudraksha Bead – 5 Faces [Chikna]
5 Faces Rudraksha Bead represents Lord Shiva, the symbol of auspiciousness. The wearer of this Rudraksha Face Mala gains health and peace. This monitors blood pressure and cardiac ailments. Five Mukhi Mala is also used for Japa. ** The size of this Rudraksha Bead is about 20 to 22 mm. This Rudraksha Bead is from Nepal. All of our Rudraksha Beads are Brown in Colour. ** The Faces of all our Rudraksha Beads are 100% Natural [Genuine]. We neither alter the Faces of any of our Rudrakshas nor sell any altered Faces of Rudraksha Beads. Rudraksha is Nature's gift to mankind.
Rudraksha Bead – 5 Faces [Special]
5 Faces Rudraksha Bead represents Lord Shiva, the symbol of auspiciousness. The wearer of this Rudraksha Face Mala gains health and peace. This monitors blood pressure and cardiac ailments. Five Mukhi Mala is also used for Japa. ** The size of this Rudraksha Bead is about 22 to 24 mm. This Rudraksha Bead is from Nepal. All of our Rudraksha Beads are Brown in Colour. ** The Faces of all our Rudraksha Beads are 100% Natural [Genuine]. We neither alter the Faces of any of our Rudrakshas nor sell any altered Faces of Rudraksha Beads. Rudraksha is Nature's gift to mankind.
Pavithram – Guru Keerthanam
Nama Keerthanam, Om Namo Narayana, Bhajare Manasa, Mam Paahi Guro, Iniyagilum Maname, Ninaindhu Ninaindhu, Sharada Peeta Nilayam, En Manathuthithavane, Navasala Puri, Alli Alli, Sadguru Premikam, Vizhi Kidaikuma, Shirdi Maaje, Om Gurunatha and Nimmadhi Adainthen. Recited by Kadayanallur K. S. Rajagopal Bhagavathar.