My favourite carnatic krithi is "Nagumomu Ganaleni" (Ragam: Abheri) composed by Saint Thyagaraja.
When I like a song, I try and listen to as many different people singing it as possible. Every singer has their own style, and I thoroughly enjoy individual interpretations of the same song. In carnatic music, it is more common for different singers to sing the same song, than in film music.
I have listened to the Nagumomus of Musiri Subramaniam Iyer, Balamuralikrishna, Maharajapuram Santhanam, Bombay Sisters, Priya Sisters, Unnikrishnan, and Yesudas, besides others.
Today, I discovered this version by Susheela Raman, and am totally besotted with the way she has interpreted Nagumomu in Jazz! The lyrics may have been ripped apart, but the melancholy feel of the song has been retained. If I had understood classical Telugu very well, I might have felt bad (like I do when Udit Narayan sings in Thamizh).
But more than her vocals, it is the mindblowing orchestration (lovvvve the soft strumming guitar intro, complemented by the caressing tabla) that has me playing this song in a Winamp loop for the past 3 hours!!!
LISTEN TO:   Traditional versions | Susheela Raman's version