What a beautiful raagam. From the dripping romance and sensuality of Vanu Pondu Chalu Vaddane (listen to T Brinda singing this padam) to the serenely peaceful Sukhi Evvaro (KVN’s krithi alone (i.e., with no swarams on neraval) version being the gold standard), to the joyously beautiful Poochi Iyengar’s Nera Nammithi varnam (made even more beautiful by KVN’s sprightly way of singing) to the plebian Thillana composed by ARI (again KVN sings this beautifully, sometimes even doing the higher octave, which, when KVN does it seems to hit an aesthetic sweet spot).

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