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Sri Rama's story narration started with the song 'Yaro endru ennamale ' in the raga Sankarabharanam. Then, the popular song 'Ramanukku mannan mudi' in the raga Anandabhairavi as presented by Kaikeyi when Ramapatabhishekam was organized drew my attention as I've heard it singing in Raga Hindolam always.
During the question answer session, the way with which Sri Santhanagopalan answered for how Sitai became poor in the song 'Eppadi manam' was simply superb. According to him, Sitai lost all her properties when her beloved husband Sri Rama was leaving for forest life parting her.
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'Kana vendum laksham kangal' song in the raga Churutti describes the beauty of Sitadevi by the demoness Surpanakha to her brother Ravana, the Asura King. Then comes, Marichan disguised as a golden deer that cries "Oh...Lakshmana" when hit by Sri Rama's arrow. For Sitai becoming upset, Lakshmana, the brother of Sri Rama tells her that his brother can collapse the entire army of this world just with his pointing finger through the song 'Yarenru Raghavanai.....' tuned in Yadukulakamboji raga.
Anjaneyar or Hanuman, the loyal servant of Sri Rama who does anything for his master God got featured through the song 'Kanden kanden Sitayai' in the raga Vasantha. From the Bharadwajashram, Sri Rama asks Anjaneyar to go and tell Bharata about his arrival in the song 'Vanthan vanthan Bharata....' in the raga Mohanam.
Ramanatakam then concludes with the coronation of Sri Rama with the song 'Makutabhishekam kondane' composed in Churutti raga. 'Ravikulam vazhi' Mangalam song in Madhyamavati follows this. The major highlight of this concert is that all songs are the classic compositions of Sri Arunachala Kaviyar. Sri Santhanagopalan's Ramanatakam was spiritually enlightening for the much anticipated audience delivered through Carnatic music compositions.
Related posts in Hubpages:
1. Neyveli Santhanagopalan's vocal concert in Margazhi Maha Utsavam, Jaya TV, 2013
2. Emotional ragas in Carnatic Music