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Classical renditions

Suswara Geetham is a live recording of the Carnatic classical vocal concert of Dr Nityasree Mahadevan. This hour-long concert is considered as one of her best. Nityasree is a popular artiste in the Carnatic music circuit and the All India Radio. Nityasree became popular among film music lovers when she recorded a song for composer A R Rahman for the Tamil film, Jeans.

The concert (album) begins with a Varanam in Raga Thodi in adi tala and warms up with a Tyagaraja composition Raghuveera Randheera in Raga Huseni (Rupakam). This is followed by a longish 34-minute composition of Shama Sastrigal, Nannu brovu Lalitha in Raga Lalitha. A Papanasam Sivam composition, Ramanai bhajitha is rendered in Raga Mand in Aadi. The concert concludes with a four-minute thillana (a rhythmic piece generally performed at the end of a concert and widely used in dance performances).

This thillana is composed by Thanjavur Sankara Iyer in Raga Anand Bhairava (a very old raga of bliss and melody). There is a one-minute mangalam after the thillana. Nityasree is accompanied by Raghavendra Rao (violin), Neyveli Skanda Subramaniam (mridangam) and Ramesh (morsing).
Michael patrao

Golden tunes
Ghazal Instrumentals is a perfect companion when you are driving down the highway or just sitting in your balcony, sipping some tea, while it’s raining outside. The album is arranged and designed by Tushar Bhatia, known for his compositions for the comedy film, Andaz Apna Apna. Since then he has been busy creating instrumentals and compiling tracks by renowned singers, including Geeta Dutt. 

Ghazal Instrumentals is a compilation of 12 instrumental tracks, including memorable tunes like Hotthon se choo lo tum from Prem Geet, Tujhse naaraz nahin zindagi from Masoom, and my favourite , Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho from Arth.

Although, the originals are classics, their instrumental versions are soulful as they are brought alive with the sitar played by Tushar Bhatia, flute by Mohit Shastri and tabla by Kaushik Basu.

What make these tracks distinct is that Bhatia, along with Shastri and Basu, has lent them a softer touch; though there is no effort to try and move away from the original songs. Woh kagaz ki kashti by Jagjit Singh and Chhitti aayi hai (Naam) by Pankaj Udhas are the other highlights of the compilation. A must-buy for all those who still love listening to some good-old melodious music.
Anisha Mehta

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