Sri Lalitha Sahasranama is considered to be one of the most sacred and complete Stotra (sacred Hindu text) for the worship of Goddess Lalitha. Lalitha Devi is the Goddess of Bliss, an epithet for Goddess Parvathi, the Mother Divine. "Lalitha" in Sanskrit means "spontaneous".
Sri Lalitha Sahasranama was composed by 8 Vaag Devis upon the command of Devi Sri Lalitha. The 8 Vaag Devis are - Vasini, Kameshwari, Aruna, Vimala, Jayinee, Modhinee, Sarveshwari, Koulini. It’s a belief that "One can worship Godess Lalitha only if she wishes us to do so". The shlokas are organized in such a way that Lalitha Devi is described from "Head to Feet". The shlokas are organised based on the Pancha Krithyam (5 works). They are, Creation (Shrishti), Protection (Sthithi), Destruction (Samharam), Hiding (Thirodhanam) and Blessing (Anugraham).
This rendering of Sri Lalitha Sahasranama was done by Smt. K. M. Kusuma. She is a household name in Kannada Music Industry brings with her 25 years of experience in the field of Carnatic classical music, the very popular Kannada Dasa vani, Hindi and Kannada Film songs and Sugam Sangeet (including Hindi Ghazals). Through a career of more than 2 decades she has the ability to recreate an eclectic mix of meluflous songs with sheer devotion and dedication to her profession.
Smt. K. M. Kusuma has performed in programmes sponsored by government of Karnataka like Sugam Sangeet Sammelana, Mysore Palace grounds for Dassehra Festival (Mysore), Hoysala Utsava (Hassan), Kannada Rajyotsava programme (Bangaarpet, Jaipur), Hampi utsava. She has performed in various states in India at esteemed music centers like Sapru house (New Delhi) and Shanmukhananda Hall (Mumbai), Sachidanda Ganapati Ashram (Mysore), Ravindra Kalakshetra (Bangalore), H.N. Kalakshetra (Bangalore), Chitrakala parishat (Bangalore), Town hall (Bangalore), Chowdaiah Memorial Hall (Bangalore), Brindavan (Bangalore) ISKCON temple (Bangalore), Mangalore Town Hall,etc.
Smt. K. M. Kusuma has released around thirteen music albums. She has sung in devotional and bhavageethe cassettes for famous music directors like C. Ashwath, Puttur Narasimha Nayak, Smt. Shyamala Bhave, Shri. H.K Narayan etc. She has sung various kannada television programmes like Kannada Doordarshan, Udaya TV (Kuhu Kuhu-special program centering around her singing in baby voice), ETV (Yede tumbi haaduvenu with Sri S.P. Balasubramanyam), Suprabhata channel, Zee TV Kannada.
Smt. K. M. Kusuma is currently running a music school in the name of Bhakti Gaana Sudha which has more than 50 students. Seven students have won championships in reality shows conducted by famous kannada channels like E TV, Zee TV, Suvarna, Kasturi etc.
Known for her versatility, the smiling and ever-obliging Smt. K M Kusuma renders Bhajans and Sugam Sangeet with equal elegance and finesse. Her mellifluous & powerful voice has an incredible range and leaves audiences spellbound in admiration with her renditions.
To find out more on Smt. K. M. Kusuma please visit www.kmkusuma.in
released April 4, 2012
Vocals - K. M. Kusuma
Music Direction, Mixing and Mastering Engineer - Sahil Jagtiani
Recording Engineer - Satish
Studio - Parekh Recording Studio, Bangalore