D K Pattammal
Great Masters Series
Rs 100 (two
This double album is a
wonderful representation of D K Pattammal's consummate
delineation of Thyagaraja kritis. Ranging from the popular
Sujana Jeevana (Khamas) and Vidulaku
(Mayamalavagowla) through the poignant Toli janma
(Bilahari) and Eti janma (Varali) to the rare Raksha
bettare (Bhairavi) and Kaalaharana (Suddha Saveri), it will be
difficult to find another album that depicts the saint composer in
all his moods.
just the one composition by Muthusamy Dikshitar in this concert
album, which the inlay card tells us was the first occasion that the
great mridangist, Palghat Mani Iyer, accompanied a woman artiste. It
would have been useful if the recording company had mentioned the
year of the concert and where it took place.
volume begins with a varnam in Hamsadhwani, Pagavari, and
proceeds to a racy rendition of Sujana jeevana. The
following Kalyani alapana is not swara-based but raga-based and is
followed by the Shyama Sastry kriti Birana
sahitya is delivered with absolute clarity. There are some energetic
swaraprastharas sung in sequence by Pattammal and a male artiste
whose name is not specified.
side begins with Vidulaku, also sung fast. The mood then
changes to one of deep devotion for Mamava. The composition
in raga Manirangu is known for its lyrical beauty and the singer
captures every nuance of it.
begins with a Bhairavi alapana, which though short, is majestic. The
handling of the complex Thyagaraja Kriti Raksha bettare is
a lesson for young singers. Kaalaharana is again rendered
with liveliness. In fact, both cassettes are illustrations of how
fast singing need not sacrifice gamaka.
Bilahari is delightful while the Varali shows DKP essaying
effortlessly into the tarasthayi.
known Sanskrit sloka sung in ragamalika is attributed to
Arunagirinathar, who only wrote in Tamil. These are aspects Dream
Audio has to tighten up.
also have been appropriate to provide some more space on the
cassette to Palghat Mani Iyer's mridangam