Taalapatra- Hymns from the Hills

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  Around 1500 sankeerthanas, have been set to music by maestro composers such as : Sri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy, Dr. Mangalampalli Bala Murali Krishna, Srirangam Gopalarathnam, Sri Garimella Balakrishna Prasad , and others.

Early this year, Satthiraju Venu Madhav, a bright and rising star on the firmament of Carnatic Music released a Book and CD named Annamayya Padamandakini tuned and sung by him. Produced by Sujanaranjani, these 108 songs, set to 108 ragas, caused my pulse to quicken, as Annamacharya seemed to be calling me loud and clear!


Thus began this magical voyage... TAALA PATRA - Hymns from the Hills... has evolved as a four suite, solo feature, mainly using Annamacharya songs composed by Venumadhav, as well as one song by Rallapalli Ananthakrishna Sharma.

Spanning the narrative and the evocative, the temporal and the philosophical, I place 'Taala Patra - Hymns from the hills', as my humble offering to Him - Lord Venkateswara... He who resides in the hills of Tirumala

- Ananda Shankar Jayant