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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

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thirukannapuram Theppam Concert, 23rd February

I just returned this morning after performing on a Theppam - a float housing of the Lord in the pushkarini at Thirukannapuram. Sri Sowriraja Perumal looked absolutely gorgeous with His consorts, the four thaayars. It felt great to perform afloat on a decorated platform with the Utsavar and hundreds of onlookers from all directions. The concert took place from 10:30 pm to 1:30 am. Memorable. Sang all Perumal songs including Sirkali's "Kannapuram selven, kavalaiyellam marappen!", Pasurams, Ramanukku Mannan Mudi, Enna Thavam, Manavinalakinchara, Mudi Ondri, Pallandu, Alaipayuthey, Krishna Nee, Kurai Ondrum Illai, Thandanana..etc. Very populist list, intended to be that way, owing to demand of the listeners...

Earlier in the day I had darshan at Soundararaja Perumal Temple, Nagapattinam, Singaravelan Temple, Sikkil, Kayarohanesar Temple, and Nellikadai Mariamman Temple.

In the next Sahitya Payanam I have lots to share with you all on Soundararajam kriti (Brindavana Saranga) and Kayarohanesam (Devagandharam) of Dikshitar composed by him at the specific sthalas. Awe-inspiring and humbling experience...

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