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Brahmanandam, an aesthetic work
Brahmanandam is among the Anandam series of albums. It is a compilation of popular kritis and rendered by Bombay Jayashri. She begins the CD with an absorbing Koteeswara Iyer kriti "Edaya Gati" in raga Chalanatai. It is indeed an excellent beginning. This one is composed with expertise, expressing the raga mudra in the kriti.

A Dikshitar kriti "Sri Satyanarayanam Upasmahe" in raga Shuba Pauntuvarali, comprising lovely phares, is rendered with melody. "Chittam Irangadu" a Papasanasam Sivan kriti in Sahana, is pleasant to hear what with some enchanting Tamil lyrics. A small piece - "Punkuyil Kuvum" of Kalki Krishnamurthy- falls very soft on the ears. This song is, perhaps, one among those most beautifully rendered by late M.S.Subulakshmi. Jayashri's rendering is equally exquisite . She follows this one with a Viruttam from Divya Prabhandam "Pallandu." She then takes up the Tiruppavai of Andal "Ambarame" in Kalyani. She has done justice to this composition.

"Manasa Sancharare" in Sama by Sadasiva Brahmendra is rendered with poise. One of the distinguishing features of the artiste is the clear expression of the lyrics even for a layman to follow. She has chosen a Gopalakrishna Bharati kriti "Irakkam Varamal" in Behag. It is pleasant to listen. A Papanasam Sivan kriti "Sivaganga Nagara" in Punnagavarali, a Sanskrit composition, is sung with lot of dedication. "Thunbam Nergayil" of Bharati Dasan comes as a tranquilizer.. "Hari Tumaharo" in Darabari Kanada of Meera made famous by MS is one of Jayashri's favourites. "Thirada Vilayatu" a Ragamalika composition of Subramanya Bharatiyar (Sindu Bhairavi,Kamas,Shanamukhapriya and Mandu) could prove a listener's choice. Jayashri has rendered this composition enchantingly. "Jagadho Dharana" of Purandara Dasa in raga Pilu consists of most absorbing lyrics. She has excelled in rendering this. Finally, the Thillana of Lalgudi Jayaraman in Revati is arresting.

Jayashri is accompanied by artistes H.N.Bhaskar on violin,.mridangist J.Vaidyanathan and Ghatam by Udipi Sridhar. The artistes have provided her with good percussion support.

The Audio CD is priced at Rs.150 and produced by Rajalakshmi Audio.Neatly printed lyrics comes along with the audio cd.