Vijayawada: The Vijayawada Musical Academy started a week-long music festival to commemorate the birthday of Sadguru Thyagaraja Swamy at Sri Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music and Dance College, here on Monday.
The department of Language and Culture rendered support to conduct this music festival. The music festival commenced with the vocal concert of Anuvrata Narasimhan (Tirupati).
Anuvratha started the concert with Kedaragowla ragalapana ‘Vanajanatabydani.’ She continued the concert with ‘Kaluguna nee daya’ in Purnalalita ragam, ‘Nee vada ne gana’ in Saranga ragam and ‘Vadanajyuti gitasoma’ in Kamavardhini ragam. Her concert was supported instrumentally by Abhijit Narasimhan on violin and Aravind on mridangam.
Malladi Karthika Triveni rendered three Thyagarajaswamy keerthanas during the first day of the festival. The popular keerthanas like ‘Chalamelara Saaketa Rama’ in Marga Hindolaragam, ‘Sattaleni dinamu’ in Naganandini ragam and ‘Yennallureke’ in Subhapantuvalari ragam were rendered by Triveni.
Ganduri Srinivasa Murthy and Parupalli Balasubrahmanyam rendered support on violin and mridangam.
Another vocal concert on the first day of the festival was performed by CVP Sastry. He chose fine keerthans like ‘Bhuvini dasudane perasa’ in Sriranjani ragam, ‘Raghuvara’ in pantuvarali ragam, ‘Nneeke teleyaka pote’ in Anandabhiravi ragam for his concert.
N Ch Buchayacharyulu on violin, NS Kalyanaraman on mridangam and M Haribabu on ghatam accompanied the vocal artiste Sastry.
With the violin solo of Mangalampalli Surya Deepti, the first day festival was concluded. His fine strings made the audience excited. Surya Deepti played ‘Ganamoorthey’ in Ganamoorthi ragam, ‘Yentamatramu’ in Saranga Ragam, ‘Brovabharama Raghurama’ in Bahudhari ragam and ‘Manaviri ramani’ in Nasikabhushani ragam keerthana on violin. His concert was supported by young artistes V Sivani and K Karthkeya Adinarayana Sarma on violin and mridangam and M Haribabu on ghatam.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest of the festival LV Subrahmanyam, Special Chief Secretary, Sports and Youth Advancement, Government of Andhra Pradesh said that listening music was a gift and participating in the festival was God’s gift. He also said that these types of festivals would give mental relaxation to people.
Noted musician Komanduri Seshadri, Dr PA Raman, Ambati Madhumohana Krishna, Kakarla Sarada Anilkumar, Manepalli Lakshmi Kumari, Dr MC Das and others were also on the dais.
Seeram Subrahmanyam, General Secretary, Vijayawada Musical Academy conducted the meeting.