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Audio CD of Arul Keerthanigal launched
CHENNAI, February 4: An audio CD of ‘Arul Keerthanaigal’ songs on Sri Ramakrishna Trinity has been released.

The CD was unveiled by Pujya Sri Rama Prana Mataji in the presence of Swami Padmasthananadaji, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, T Nagar, Chennai, and Sri N. V. Subramaniam of Saraswathi Vaggeyakara Trust.

The CD was brought out by the family of Kalaimamani D. Pattammal.

The first copy was released by Mataji, and received by Swami Padmasthandaji and Sri N V Subramaniam. The launch event was held at Infosys Hall, Ramakrishna Mission School, T Nagar, Chennai.

Free distribution
The music CD will be available across India in select Ramakrishna outlets and at Thejus, Chennai, for free distribution with a booklet containing the text of these songs transliterated in English and Hindi.

Mr. D Chandrasekar, son of D Pattammal, said: “We are happy and profoundly privileged to present one of the earliest compositions of our mother “Arul Keerthanaigal” songs on Sri Ramakrishna Trinity. She got her initiation from Pravarajika Bharati Prana, who was a direct disciple and a personal attendant of Sri Sarada Devi”.

Academy recognition
Kalaimamani Pattammal was a musician, musicologist and vaggeyakara. She has composed over 650 songs in Tamil, and her compilation of over 5,000 ragas is classified in Ragapravaham. She won many prizes in the competitions, which includes two gold medals from The Music Academy and a silver shield from Indian Fine Arts in the 1950s. She was awarded the title “Kalaimamani” in 1994 by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

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