Lata Mangeshkar to Sing Sanskrit Keertans of Tallapaka Annamacharya



Seven Sanskrit Keertans of saint poet, Tallapaka Annamacharya, will be sung by Lata Maganeshkar and made available to the general public. This initiative by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is to popularize the keertans (bhajans) of Tallapaka Annamacharya around the world. The songs of Annamacharya extol the glory of Lord Venkateswara.

The songs Lata Mangeshkar would be singing are

  • Evam darshayasi
  • Tavamam drastam
  • Tvameva sharanam
  • Dasavidhacharanam
  • Prudul hema kaupina dharaha
  • Majahihi dsthamanayiti
  • Madrushanam.

The music for these songs will be given by Sabarigirish, a music lecturer in Sri Venkateswara Music and Dance College and will be compiled by Dr Vibhishana Sharma, the station manager of community radio project of TTD.

Times of India reports

Interestingly, though Lata was the ‘aasthana gayani', of TTD during 1960s, she did not sing any songs of Annamayya. However, M S Subbulakshmi, who succeeded her, had recorded some of the keertans of the saint poet.

TTD executive officer (EO) K V Ramanachary said that though many top singers had sung Annamacharya keertans, the seven Sanskrit keertans which Lata Mangeshkar would be rendering are unique and are meant not only for the Indian audience but also for global connoisseurs.

Dr Vibhishana Sharma said, These songs were in carnatic ragas like Dhanyasi, Kamboji, Kannadagowla, Kedaragowla, Paadi, Samantham and Mukhari. But we have tuned it in Hindustani ragas as Maand, Purvi, Shankar, Desh, Mohan, Yamankalyani, Subhapantuvarali, respectively for ease and for the advantage of global audience.