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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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Hindu : Life & Style / Metroplus : A Raga’s Journey — Magical Mohanam

This fortnight I've chosen to write about raga Mohanam in The Hindu, Metro Plus.
Read and enjoy :)

Also on Raga Mohanam:

Isai Payanam on Jaya TV:
Audio Clips:
Ragas covered earlier:


  1. Hi Charulatha, just to say that my mother was very impressed about an article you wrote in the Hindu on Mohanam. I'm waiting to read it.
    congrats! My regards to all at home and take care,
    Varalakshmi Anandkumar

  2. I am familiar only with the Illayaraja and A R Rehman compositions. Going by those songs, this raaga should be beautiful!

  3. Hats off to you.
    Astoundingly captivating and engaging.
    What a mellifluous voice you are gifted with.
    May God bless you with fame and prosperity
    Columbus (OH) U.S.A

  4. Please inform me when you will be coming to Mumbai for performing Isai Payanam, Abhang, etc.

    I am one of your Rasikas. My age is only 73 years. I have heard several of your programmes between 2005 and 2009 at Chennai. Not only that, I got certificate and prize from you for one of the quizzes organised in an 'Isai Payanam'.

    All the best for the events to be held this month and in October.


  5. Yesterday's "Devi Darshanam" concert was great. In Sudamayi, tempo and voice was excellent. It was once a master piece of great GNB. I am a deciple of Rajam Mami, the Kamakshi deity( to quote maha periaval). Regarding the Kamalambam in Kalyani, you can try higher speed like Madurai Mani Iyer. Your profuse quoting from Lalitha sahasranam in excellent and sweet english was also very good. I came mainly to pay homage to my Guru. If you can mail me the adress of Savithri Sathyamurthy and let me know i get the a Photo of Lopamudra Rajammal , i will be very happy

  6. Today's Devi Darshanam concert was Excellent. Especially Amrutha Varshini & Kalyani were great. Selection of songs was nice, mixture of different languages, composers etc. We enjoyed your command on presentation, lay, bhava. Explanation before songs is a good innovation.
    I wish to contribute a small value. Please email me details.
    May God Bless You.
    T.K. Balaji

  7. I thank you all for the nice work done. this navaratri i am blessed by hearing the songs of gomathi amman.
    i would like to thank once again for this .
    my namaskarams to you

  8. oh my - how blessed! you sing so beautifully.. precious. gifted. heaven.