Harikatha ANDAL KALYANAM
AndAl KalyAnam is a SangIta UpanyAsam (musical discourse) in Tamizh on the marriage that took place between PeriAzhwAr’s daughter AndAl and RangamannAr, the Lord of Srirangam – which has been narrated by SriVaishnava preceptors with lots of involvement and passion. Through this discourse, the speaker narrates the love that she developed towards the Lord and the way she composed her lyrical works with a lot of purport. He cites reference from her works to re-iterate the fact that she was no one but Mother Earth herself. Neat illustrations and intense devotion constitute this album and through Bhakti and music, he transports us to the times of mystic saints and we begin enjoying along with AndAl, ParAshara Bhattar and Desika.
Sri.U.Ve. Dushyanth Sridhar is an exponent on the religious texts of SanAtana Dharma viz. RAmAyanam, MahAbhAratam, BhAgavatam and Divya Prabandham. He is trained in the necessary SriVaishnavite texts by revered preceptors and has been duly acclaimed by them for his oratory skills. AzhwAr’s verses, RAmAnujA’s philosophy and DesikA’s works remain close to his heart. Also found profoundly in his discourses is timely humour, relevant examples and pleasing music. He talks in public forums across the country and in TV Channels. He is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani and currently works in Mumbai for a leading consultancy services firm. He is accompanied by Smt. Mahalakshmi Ravi (Flute), Smt. Saraswathi Vaidyanathan (Veena) and Kum. Mangala Vaidyanathan (Violin), who are sisters from Mumbai trained in classical music under their father, an exponent in music himself.
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