Harikatha is a genre by itself which requires a special talent in the narration of the story and delineation of the characters which are brought alive by the exponent and Suchitra did exactly that during her prograame in December at the Music Academy. She made it interesting by relating the incidents to our day to day life and breaking into a song whenever she thought it was necessary.
Her discourse was on “Badrachala Ramadass”, an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and her narration of the former’s life history was interspersed with songs on Sri Rama and Lord Hanuman (Her asset is her beautiful voice which is coupled with her good expression, she used both very effectively). One who chants Rama’s name with faith, he or she can be sure that the Lord will expel six enemies of mankind such askama, krodha, moha, madha, vatsalya and loba.
She elaborated on the two important words ‘OM’ and ‘RAMA’ saying OM becomes a prefix to most of the names of God But it is not so in the name of Rama because Rama’s name itself is powerful.
She said Ramadoss had not undergone either a course on soft skills or in marketing to persuade his uncles to provide funds for performing
RAMANAVAMI celebrations. She explained the essence of some of the songs sung by Ramadass on Lord Rama.
Suchitra displayed a great presence of mind while introducing her accompanists when she said she was surrounded by Rama since their names either began or ended with Rama.
Harikatha impresses on mankind its closeness to God besides suggesting all the possible ways in which a man or woman can approach and realize God. She reiterated the value of chanting Rama Nama which was evident from Bhaktha Ramdasas’s life. It would also help in removing negative thoughts from our mind, she emphasized.
I feel such discourses should be attended by today’s youngsters who might be motivated to pursue this genre of art along with their academics because right now there aren’t many on the Chennai scene.
n.meera raghavendra rao