A Swararchana to Thyagaraja

A Swararchana to Thyagaraja
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A Swararchana to Thyagaraja, Close on the heels of the Thyagaraja Swamy Aradhana Utsav, a weeklong music festival has begun at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College, much to the delight of music lovers in the city.

Close on the heels of the Thyagaraja Swamy Aradhana Utsav, a weeklong music festival has begun at Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College, much to the delight of music lovers in the city. More than 100 concerts will be presented by eminent and budding musicians during the weeklong festival which is being organised by Sangeeta Sanmandali as a rich tribute to saint composer Sri Thyagaraja Swamy.

Dr Tumma Suryakantham lighted the lamp to mark the inauguration of the festival on Monday. Veteran musician Pemmaraju Suryarao presided over the function. Speaking on the occasion, Pasumarthi Kameswara Sarma said, “Music is divine and Swararchana is one of the forms of worshipping the God. Saint composer Sri Thyagaraja Swamy who chose to worship Lord Rama through his keerthanas, attained salvation.”

The music festival kicked off with a vocal concert by Malladi Karthika Triveni. The vocalist was well supported by P Nandakumar on violin and P Subbaraya Phalgun on mridangam. Later, Akondi Srinivasa Raja Rao of Kakinada enthralled the audience with his melodious keerthanas. He was ably supported by K Subrahmanya Sarma on violin and Mahadev Lakshminarayana Raju on mridangam. The first day of the festival concluded with a vocal recital by Malladi Suri Babu, who got an excellent support from V Krishnaveni on violin and Dandamudi Sumati Ramamohana Rao on mridangam.

By: VRS Prasad

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