Thursday, September 24, 2009

Music unlimited

Music unlimited

Music unlimited

ExpressBuzz Kochi 24 Sep 2009

KOCHI: If you are on the lookout for those missing pieces to complete your musical collection, head straight to the Women’s Association Hall. You will find everything from ‘lalitha sahasranamam’ to Michael Jackson’s hits along with a wide collection of films at the music fair going on there. It is being organised by Viji Music for the ninth year for Kochi’s music lovers.

The highlight of the fair is a vast collection carnatic and hindustani music CDs. Albums by living legends and late maestros of both the genres are on display. All those evergreen oldies from Tamil, Hindi, English and Malayalam are also available along with instrumental music, fusion music, sufi music, gazals and qawwalis.

For kids there is a wide range of entertaining and informative CDs. Nursery rhymes, animated Arabian tales, Aesop fables, Panchatantram stories, Tom & Jerry, Charlie Chaplin, Cinderella, My Friend Ganesha, Bobanum Moliyum, Thenali Raman, Chundu Kurukkan, Ramayan, Agatha Christie...

the list goes on. There are educational and informative CDs like Spoken English, Alphabets Made Easy, Maths Made Easy, Inventions and Discoveries and Sudoku.

There is a collection of youth festival CDs that covers almost all competitive items including light music, bharatanatyam, thiruvathira, group dance, mohiniyattom, folk dance, recitation, koodiyattom, kuchupudi, ottan thullal, group song, margam kali, kol kali, chakyar koothu, oppana, monoact, Kerala nadanam and aravana muttu.

You will find a number of folk song CDs popularised by cine star Kalabhavan Mani and kadhaprasangam hits by the late V Sambashivan. The collection of devotional songs is amazing as it has CDs from all religions. Ashtapadhi, chendamelam, panchavadyam, kalyana melam and shingari melam are also available and if you are interested in kathakali you can take your pick from Santhana Gopalam, Banayudham, Uthara Swayamvaram and much more. You will also find ONV, Kadammanitta, A Ayyappan, Anil Panachooran and may others here. Collections of hit songs by Yesudas, M G Sreekumar, Chitra, Asha Bhosle, Pankaj Udhas, Jagajit Singh are available along with old hits of ABBA and MJ.

You can find those black and white films of the 60s sharing space with the latest Bollywood flicks. There is a good collection of Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi films of the past years. Music therapy CDs to cure diseases and yoga and meditation CDs are also on offer.

Books on music, especially classical music, are available too. A number of books on the legends of Indian cinema and dances of India are on display. Legends of Indian cinema features Guru Dutt, Mehaboob Khan, Sivaji Ganeshan, P C Barua and Sohrab Modi while the series on dance cover kuchupudi, kathakali, mohiniyattom, kathak, and odissi. The books also have excellent pictures of dance forms and snippets on the lives of the artists.

The fair is on till September 30. Drop in any time between 9 am and 9 pm.

The organisers are also conducting a musical and percussion contest on the sidelines of the fair. For participating in the contest contact 9446463158 or 9446539836.
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