Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gokula Murali

This post is a review of Kudamaloorji's 'Gokula Murali' which appeared in 'The Hindu'. To read this in the online version of the newspaper, please go to

Kudamaloor Janardanan’s latest offering ‘Gokula Murali’ proves that in his hands the bamboo reed is transformed into a magical wand.

‘Gokula Murali’ is a collection of evergreen kritis devoted to Krishna. The first track of the CD opens with the soft tones of the edakka and the mellifluous notes of the flute. The piece ‘Sreeman Narayana,’ composed by Annamacharya in Manipravalam, opens with melodic tunes, reviving memories of the slokas of Harinamakeerthanam. ‘Swagatham Krishna,’ an evergreen composition of Oothukkad Venkittasubbair in raga Mohanam, is played with great feel by the flautist. Krishna is portrayed in different roles – as prankster, destroyer and lover.

Unique feel

The third track is a piece from Narayana Theerthar’s ‘Sreekrishna Leela Tharangini.’ ‘Govardhana Giridhara Govinda’ in Darbarikanada, set to Triputa tala, sliced in with Hindustani style, imparts a unique feel to the composition.

‘Radhasametha Krishna,’ a popular traditional composition in Yamunakalyani, is in the form of a bhajan with a lilting melody.

‘Manasancharare brahmani,’ composed by Sadasiva Brahmendra in Syama, is the next piece. The composer implores the lord to show him the path for attaining moksha. Kudamaloor’s rendering lifts the piece to sublime heights.

Subrahmania Bharati’s ‘Theeratha vilayattu pillai’ is a ragamalika comprising ragas Sindubhairavi, Khamaj, Shanmughapriya and Mand.

The last track in the CD is a composition of Swati Tirunal in Pahadi. Giving folk touches, Kudamaloor Janardanan creates a veritable landscape of romantic beauty in the piece ‘Aaj Aye Syam Mohan.’

With deft strokes on the mridangam, tabla and edakka, Vypin Sathish, Hari Krishnamoorthy and Trichur Krishnakumar respectively add charm to the rendering. Ghatam support has been provided by Kottayam Unnikrishnan.



Ravishankar said...

Cant express --- you have to listen. great artiste.
Hema Ravishankar