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The launch was complemented with a live broadcast of Lotus FM’s (Inisai Mazhai) from the temple on August 12, a day on which Hindus from around the world observed as Varalutchmee Viritham.

Krish Chinappa, Les Govender, Karthigasean Pillay, Mala Lutchmanan and John Kisten.

Amman Kavacham, a collaboration between Lotus FM presenter, Mala Lutchmanan and South Africa’s leading classical vocalist Isaiselvamani Karthigasen Pillay, was launched at the Chatsworth Magazine Barracks Shree Vishnu Temple in Westcliff, Chatsworth, recently.

The launch was complemented with a live broadcast of Lotus FM’s (Inisai Mazhai) from the temple on August 12, a day on which Hindus from around the world observed as Varalutchmee Viritham.

The CD contains the Amman Kavacham (original lyrics set to a traditional tune that extols the glory of Mariamman) and four other devotional hymns on Goddess Mariamman. “Inspiration for the CD was drawn from pure devotion for Amman,” said Lutchmanan who penned the lyrics for the hymns. Lutchmanan who has also published a book titled, ‘Why Mariamman’ said that through the grace of God all things are possible. Mariamman worship is prevalent in South Africa, especially during the Tamil month of Aadi so the CD was appropriately launched during this auspicious period,” she added.

Karthigasen Pillay was roped in to sing the hymns and his brilliance shines through in every song as each song is rendered in a completely different genre. This thoroughly South African initiative is completed by the outstanding music score of Rajive Mohan.

The objective of producing the CD in addition to helping elevate one’s spirituality is to make a substantial contribute to the South African music industry.