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I am a singer-researcher with expertise in Karnatik Music and Early Opera. I discuss intercultural music-making contexts. My work is available at www.charulathamani.com and at www.youtube.com/isaipayanam

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Isai Payanam @ Abbas 2011

"Isai Payanam with Charulatha Mani"

Ragas in Classical & Film Music

12th January 2011, Abbas Cultural, Kamaraj Arangam

The concert featured:

  • Raga Gambhiranattai
  • Raga Hindolam
  • Abhang - Arambhi
  • Raga Kalyani
  • Raga Kapi
  • Abhang - Theerthavittala
  • Raga Chakravakam
  • Raga Hamsanadam (Click here for MP3 clip)
  • Abhang - Bhaktajanavatsale
  • Ragas Brindavani & Madhyamavathi
  • Raga Abheri (Click here for MP3 clip)
  • Raga Revati
  • Abhang - Pandaricha
  • Bhagyadalakshmi


  1. Hello Charulathaji:

    I came across your YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5NM87H5M28 and I
    was mesmerized by your voice. You have such a beautiful and melodious voice.

    I wish I could understand Tamil (I presume you're speaking in Tamil) and gain the wisdom that you so kindly and graciously impart. I keep listening to this rendition over and over again. You have touched on such beautiful aspects of Sindhu Bhairavi
    that it touched me at a very deep level. Subsequently, I did a search on the net and found your website, and I've ordered DVD 7.

    Please let me know if and when you plan to visit the U.S. I live in New Jersey, on the east coast. I would love to meet you and take your darshan and listen to you sing. You are to Carnatic classical music as Kaushiki Chakrabarty is to Hindustani classical music. Two beautiful apsaras gifted with golden voices.

    Thank you very much for bringing soooo much joy to us music lovers. May you have a long and joy filled life.

    With Warm Regards,
    Mihir Karia, USA

  2. Dear Mihir Karia,
    I could not agree more. Smt.CLM is a Tamil, but she is also a multi linguist, fond of saint Thiyagaraja and the very best amongst. She is the only musician who comes down to Rasikas level and explain all the qualities of a raga and the meaning of the songs before performing the raga. There is much more to come from this star performer!