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Vishaka Hari

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Vishaka Hari is a prominent Carnatic music vocalist and established exponent of Harikatha, otherwise known as a story teller of Kathakalakshepam.

Vishaka Hari learnt Carnatic music under the legendary Carnatic violinist, Padma Vibhushan Sri Lalgudi Jayaraman, while her spiritual guru and father-in-law is Sri Krishna Premi,.She learnt the art of Harikatha by her husband, Sri Hariji, himself an experienced Harikatha exponent who delivers discourses in Tamil, English and Hindi. Vishaka Hari has performed in several sabhas during the Chennai Music Season since 2006.

On occasions, Vishaka Hari also performs with her husband, Sri Hari (Krishna Premi’s son), who uses his English literary background to supplement her kathakalakshepam performances. An “A” Grade artist of All India Radio, she has also given discourses and concerts abroad. She has also received many prizes and awards for her contributions to the Harikatha and Carnatic music field.

Vishaka Hari learnt Bharatha Natyam from prominent dancer, Professor Sudharani Raghupati.

 

The various topics on which she has done Hari Katha are:-

  1. Sudama Charithram
  2. Tyagarajar Charithram
  3. Sabari Moksham
  4. Sundara Kaandam
  5. Rukmini Kalyanam
  6. Seetha Kalyanam
  7. Radha Kalyanam
  8. Andal Kalyanam
  9. Parvati Kalyanam
  10. Padmavathi Kalyanam
  11. Gajendra Moksham
  12. Nandanar Charitram
  13. Subrahmanya Vaibhavam
  14. Venkatesha Mahatmyam
  15. Krishna Leela
  16. Guruvayoorappan Leela
  17. Meerabai Charitram
  18. Bhooloka Vaikuntham
  19. Prahaladha Charitram
  20. Srinivasa Kalyanam
  21. Meera charithram
  22. Surdas charithram
  23. kanakadasar charithram
  24. Ramakrishna paramahamsar charithram
  25. Bhadrachala ramadasar charithram
  26. Narayana theerthar charithram
  27. Sadhashiva brehmendral charithram
  28. Vrithropakyanam
  29. Srimadh bhagavatham
  30. Rama jananam
  31. Kouslya mangalashasanam
  32. Padhuka pattabhisekham
  33. Jatayu moksham
  34. Sugreeva sakyam
  35. vibhishana saranagathi
  36. Rama parttabhisekham
  37. Bheesma stuti
  38. Kunti stuti
  39. Aajamilopakyanam
  40. Kurma avatharam
  41. Vamana avatharam
  42. Narada bhakthi sutram
  43. Pancharatna vaibhavam
  44. Rama nama prabhavam
  45. Endaro mahanubavlu
  46. Meenakshi kalyanam
  47. Valli kalyanam
  48. Geethayum sangeethamum
  49. Purandaradasar charithram


References:

  1. ^ The Hindu : Friday Review Bangalore / Interview : The raconteur’s raga
  2. ^ a b The Hindu : Friday Review Chennai : From commerce to katha
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