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A fitting start to Thyagaraja Aradhanotsavalu

A fitting start to Thyagaraja Aradhanotsavalu
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Thyagaraja’s compositions were inspired by Rama Bhakthi. Thyagaraja’s works display a wide range in terms of architectonic experimentations, design and skill. The highest of musical excellence is found in ample measure in his compositions in which he captures the essence of each and every raga and, hence, they are masterpieces.

Thyagaraja’s compositions were inspired by Rama Bhakthi. Thyagaraja’s works display a wide range in terms of architectonic experimentations, design and skill. The highest of musical excellence is found in ample measure in his compositions in which he captures the essence of each and every raga and, hence, they are masterpieces. It was the good luck of Telugu people that Thyagarja belonged to the Telugu Brahmin community. He had settled in Tanjavur district centuries ago.

Among the Trinity of Carnatic Music, Aradhanotsavalu are being conducted only in the name of Thyagaraja since he left the world as a sanyasi and reached the abode of God on Pushya Bahula Panchami (January 6, 1847) which, according to the Georgian calendar, falls on January 10.

The 168th Sadguru Thyagaraja Aradhanotsavalu, organised by Vignana Samithi, started on January 10 at Anandanagar Community Hall. It started with a procession wherein musicians brought idols of Thyagaraja to the venue. Famous Nadaswara vidwans Pamulapati Narasimham, Pedakatla Narasimham along with Dolu vidwans Siddaiah and Chandra gave a beautiful Nadaswara recital touching Marugelaraa, Nagumomu and other Thyagaraja keerthanas.

Later, Vedic scholars Siva Subrahmanyam, Bala Subrahmanyam recited four Vedas. Kowtha Lalitha Manohar, a Vedic scholar and an industrialist, honoured the Vedic scholars and Nadaswara vidwans on behalf of the organisation. Sundari Janakiraman, senior musician, was honoured by chief guest BVR Mohan Reddy, chairman, Cyient Technologies Ltd, along with Lalitha Manohar.

Thyagaraja Pancharatna Keerthana Gosthi Ganam The atmosphere in Anandanagar Colony was akin to the Aradhanotsavalu celebrated in Thiruvayyaru. A gathering of 300 or more senior and young musicians participated in the Pacharatna Keerthana Gosthi Ganam, which was a picturesque scene to witness. Senior musicians Komanduri Seshadri, Dr SK Venkatachari, Dr S Umadevi, Dr Neetha Chandrasekhar, Dr Seshulatha Viswanath, Dr Girija Seshumamba, Y Rama Prabha, Chandrabhanu, Nedragani Krishna Mohan, PV Subbarao, N Ramamurthy, Chandrasekhar, Challpalli Meenakrshi partcipated in the Goshti Ganam. Kokkonda Subrahmanya Sarma, KA Souri Rajan, I Atchyutha Kumari on violin, Preetham on veena, Maarthi Raghava Sarma, P Meharsagar, P Jaya Bhaskar, Burra Sriram and B Janardhan on mridangam lent instrumental support. All the musicians rendered Panchratna keerthanas with devotion.

By:Chivukula Rama Mohan

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