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Jnanashri was a concept born over 27 years ago when Smt
Swarnalatha Vishwanath visualized the need for preserving the some
aspects of our glorious cultural traditions in our younger generation.
Accordingly, "Jnanashri Vidyalaya" started teaching Carnatic Music
to children and also took up activities of popularising Sanskrit by
conducting Sanskrit classes.
Jnanashri regularly conducts mass concerts on the Purandara Dasa kritis
on the lines of the annual Thiruvayoor festival.
Swarnalatha Vishwanath has also been interested in rendering the
traditional songs which are sung on occassions such as festivals,
marriages etc. These are often classified under "Shista Janapada
Sahitya". These imbibe a rich tradition of traditional compositions some
of which are passed on from generation to generation like "Janapada
Picked up from her grand mother and through her own research and
support from friends and students, Swarnalatha has now embarked upon a
grand project of reviving interest in Sampradaya Krithis through a series of
albums to be released. Since "Utsava Sampradaya Krithis" covering
similar songs sung in temples are already well known, Swarnalatha has now
focussed on other krithis sung during social functions.
The first in this series of albums is the "Sampradaya
Gana-Kalyana" comprising of a set of two CDs with 36 songs sung on
various occassions of a traditional South Indian Marriage. All the songs are
in Kannada. Similar CDs are also planned on Sampradaya Krithis sung on other
occassions such as Sishu Janana,(Birth of a Child), Naamkarana (Naming
Ceremony) ,Upanayana (Thread Ceremony) etc in an endeavour to preserve
and foster traditional music.
In her endeavour, Swarnalatha is supported by an enthusiastic group
which has emerged now as "Janashri Vrinda". The group is a regular
participant in religious occassions for chanting Soundarya Lahiri, Lalitha
Sahasranama and such other devotional singing.
A set of two CDs named
"Sampradaya Gna-Kalyana"consisting of 36 songs sung normally in
Indian marriages is set to be released on September 2, 2007 at Bangalore at H N Sabhangana, National College,
Basavana Gudi, at 11.00 am. All are welcome