Aradhana Utsav pays rich tribute to Thyagaraja
The three-day Thyagaraja Swamy Aradhana Utsav, organised by the Vijayawada Music Academy at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance...
The three-day Thyagaraja Swamy Aradhana Utsav, organised by the Vijayawada Music Academy at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College, concluded on a grand note on Sunday. Several vocalists presented concerts on the final day, leaving music lovers craving for more. Thyagaraja Pancharatna Keerthana Brundaganam was held in the morning. Popular keerthanas like ‘Jagadanandakaraka’, ‘Sadhinchene’, ‘Endaro Mahanubhavulu’, etc, of the saint composer were rendered. After Brundaganam, vocal concerts by MVK Sandilya and N Ch Koushik Kalyan of Hyderabad, and duet by K Swathi and D Soumya of Hyderabad and Saroja and Sujatha were held.
The evening events started with a duet by P Srihamsini and Padma Soumya who rendered the keerthanas ‘Yochana Kamalochana’, ‘Etavimara Nilakadaneeku’, and ‘Telesi Ramachintanato’. The duo was accompanied by VSPG Shivaji on violin and K Aravind on mridangam.
Prof. K Saraswathi Vidyarthi rendered rare compositions of Thyagaraja as a rich tribute to the saint composer. V Krishnaveni provided support on violin and Kotipalli Ramesh on mridangam. GRMT Nageswara Sarma, Chaganti Ramya Kiranmayi, young musician CVP Sastry and former All India Radio artiste Malladi Suribabu also presented melodious vocal concerts.
While the festival predominantly featured vocal concerts, the exception was the one flute concert presented by M Ananthakrishna. KV Krishna and Parupalli Balasubrahmanyam lent instrumental support. A violin concert by the troika comprising Komanduri Seshadri, Anatha Sourirajan and KV Krisha was held on the final day.
Anjaneya Ustav, marking the conclusion of the music festival as per the tradition, was held under the aegis of Malladi Suribabu. Noted musicians Annavarapu Ramaswamy, Malladi Ravi Kumar and others participated in it.
By: HVRS Prasad