Carnatic music is part of Indian history
Yusra Hussain Devarakonda Karthika Anagha, a recipient of Bal Shree award (2007) is a South Indian Carnatic classical vocalist. The 21-year old...
Yusra Hussain Devarakonda Karthika Anagha, a recipient of Bal Shree award (2007) is a South Indian Carnatic classical vocalist. The 21-year old student of Mass Communications at St Francis College for Women talks about why Gen-Y needs to listen to Carnatic music Who/what inspired you to take to Carnatic singing? I was acquainted with Carnatic music when I was three. At that point, I didn't understand what it was about. My grandfather spotted my talent of having good grasp of music and reproducing it quickly. How is classical music different from new age Bollywood and pop music? Classical music is a very advanced and scientific form of art. It is music for the elite and has lived the longest. Classical music needs to be understood. There are very few youngsters who are into Carnatic music. Like its name, pop music is more popular. There should be some effort put in to make people understand the value of classical music, because its origins go back to Samaveda. Pop, rock and Bollywood came much later. Since when have you been performing? I have performing since I was eight years old. I have given performances in Delhi, Vizag, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bombay, Chennai and other places in the south. Who are your favourite Carnatic singers? Voleti Venkateswarulu; M D Ramanathan and D K Pattammal. What are your achievements? I have been awarded the Bal Shree which is equivalent to the Padmashri for children excelling in creative arts. I received the award from then President Pratibha Patil. Of several state level awards that I won, Bal Ratna awarded by late Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and those at Madras Music Academy is one. I am also hold CCRT scholarship. How do you plan to take your career forward? I plan to study about different forms of music.