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Vishwa Vinayaka:The Divine Symphony

6 May

Many of think that devotional music would be something sounding always the same with a few common instruments like keyboards, bells and cymbals. But one album completely changed my perspective about this genre—Vishwa Vinayaka, an album on Lord Ganesha.

It was released around the year 2001 but still is a best-seller as I see its copies in all music stores even today. The  uniqueness of this album was that it seamlessly integrated verses/mantras with grand, symphonic music. The credit for this magnificent effort should go to the composer duo Ajay-Atul, who have incidentally won the National award recently for a Marathi movie’s music score. This album had 2 great singers singing the main verses—S.P.Balasubramaniam and Shankar Mahadevan. Apart from them it had a wonderful group of Childrens’ Chorus, Chorus and Western Chorus! There was not one discordant note in the album as even all the chorus singers did a fantastic job of it giving tremendous support to the main singers’ voices.The orchestration and arrangement were so stupendous that you will be awestruck and proud that an Indian symphony group (and composers) have created such nectarine music.

All the 6 tracks of this album were too good but one outstanding track was the Sri Ganeshaya Dheemahi sung by Shankar Mahadevan, one of the best tunes I have ever heard. You must hear it to believe it.

Vishwa Vinayaka is one CD which any lover of music must have and added to that the divine verses make it a wholesome and blissful experience.