Loma Harshanam – It means “the hearing of which makes one’s hairs stand on end”.
And one such hearing I had today… the rendering of “Ksheera sagara sayana” in Devagandhari ragam by the unbeaten Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. The place he goes in to a high with “taraka nama…” is simply, literally hair raising!
I never get tired of listening to the composition of “Amba Kamakshi” by Syama Sastri. Set in Bhairavi Raga, the rendition by Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer was the first one I heard. 30 mins long… it nearly brought tears to my eyes.
I got another 10 min rendition by Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar. Simply Exquisite!! Bhagavathar’s style and dedication only make this hearing experience even more out of this world.
If anyone wants to get a very intense but mind relaxing experience of carnatic music, I seriously suggest listening to this Kriti sung by the above two great singers.
The lyrics and other details can be found here.