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Hi everyone!! This is Charulatha Mani. I have taken up blogging to interact with my rasikas worldwide. I would like to thank all of you for your support and appreciation for my Isai Payanam show on Jaya TV, "Isai Cafe" on Raj TV and live concerts. I am here to blog on my concerts, latest film songs, and updates on Isai Payanam and Sahitya Payanam. Happy reading :-)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Kolkata Kutcheri, ISKCON performance, and a film recording

Hi folks,
On 29th May I performed for Rasikapriya Sabha, Kolkata, It was an Isai Payanam concert, and I handled ragas Hamsadhwani, Hindolam, Charukesi and Kalyani in Classical and Film music. The audience was very nice and interested, and the auditorium and sound was state-of-the-art. Enjoyable experience.

Kolkata is a nice metro, lesser known, less talked about, but teeming with life and quaint. Its old-world charm and heritage buildings, narrow gullies, crowded markets full of rustic cheerful faces smeared with a paan stained smile, women with conch shell bangles, forehead sindoor and Bengal cotton sarees….indeed very refreshing.

After the concert we had a nocturnal visit to the famous Kali Temple, had a good darshan and later I shopped (a tad too enthusiastically) for lovely Bengal cotton sarees with long borders in bright hues.

Yesterday was a memorable day in my life. I had the opportunity to sing at the inauguration of the Sri Krishna Balaram Temple of ISKCON established mow at Valmiki Nagar, Chennai. I have been a Krishna devotee for the past 4 years, but little did I think I would get such a golden chance to present my musical offering at his lotus feet on such an auspicious day.

The deities were beautifully made statues in Panchaloka material. Elaborate pujas and homams were performed. This will be an evening to remember….

Today I sang a film recording for music composer L.V. Ganesan, son of music composer Sri L. Vaidhyanathan (his brothers L. Subramaniam and L. Shankar are also noted musicians). Folk number…good fun singing!

Ok friends ciao!


  1. hi

    want to share my views on your program "isai payanam". it is really a good program designed to introduce ragas and its subtleties though the time is too short.

    as a friend i take liberty to say a few things to you. shall I ? this is the opt time to redesign the program, charu. how it could be changed, what could be the contents . . . you are the best to decide.

    what can i say is... first, why there should be clippings on film songs in the program. it really disturbs the mood of the program. secondly you can go for rare ragas, rare songs. the program deserves more time, surely. try to get it from the channal.

    we want you to sing more and more and more . . . for me, for us


  2. You look awesome in your sarees. Awesome smile and marvellous song rendition. I wish you very best in coming up. Please stick to only carnatoc songs and no film songs please!