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A trust to propagate the triumvirate’s compositions
Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar
The launch of Sama Gana Lahari saw some excellent concerts which Vijayawada rasikas had missed for quite some time.
The Veteran Nedunuri Krishnamurthy
A new music trust called Sama Gana Lahari was started by Malladi Suribabu and his sons Malladi Sriram Prasad and Ravikumar with Suribabu as the managing trustee. The three-day music festival arranged in connection with this was sponsored by Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai.
As explained by Nedunuri Krishnamurthy who inaugurated the function, the aims of the trust are, to celebrate the Jayanthis and Vardhanthis of the musical trinity and propagate their great compositions also explaining the lyrical and musical beauties in the compositions. Nedunuri presided over the trust’s inaugural meeting and the special guests were Jandhyala Shanker, former Mayor of the city, Malladi Vishnu, ex-chairman, VGTUDA, scholar T.S. Ramachandra Rao, Badam Madhava Rao, a patron of arts and Subramanyam, Regional Manager of Indian Overseas Bank. The meeting party was compered by Perala Balamurali Krishna of Visakhapatnam.
A brief concert by Nedunuri followed. Vijayawada rasikas had the opportunity of listening to Nedunuri after a long gap. Nedunuri started with Gajananayutham (Chakravakam) and followed with Parvathikumaram (Natakuranji), Viraja Turaga (Balahamsa), Pancha Shatpeetha Roopini (Devagandharam in Dikshitar tradition) and as the main item, Sivakameswari in Kalyani. The manodharma aspects ragas, niraval and kalpanaswaras rendered by the master musician amply reflected the great musical depth Nedunuri has achieved in his six decade long career.
On the second day a concert by Manda Sudharani of Visakhapatnam was presented. Known as an expert in rendering intricate pallavis and rare kritis with sound manodharmam, Sudharani rendered Rakta Ganapathim (Mohana), Pavanajatmaja (Nata), Padavi ni Sadbhakthi (Salaga Bhairavi) and as the main item Sudharani sang the Dwijavanthi keertana Chetasri Balakrishnam. The niraval she rendered in another major item was a superb essay raga bhava and sahitya bhava. Mostly Sudharani rendered Dikshitar’s compositions. Another notable thing in her concert was Sudharani explained the specialities of the compositions and the meaning of them clearly and crisply. B.V. Durga Bhavani, B.V.S. Prasad and M. Haribabu gave the singer fine support on violin, mridangam and ghatam respectively. One wondered why Haribabu the ghatam player did not participate in the ‘tani’. Sudharani closed her concert with Syama Sastri’s Kanakasaila Viharini in Punnagavarali and Lali Lali yani Uchera an Utsava Sampradaya keertana of Thyagaraja.
The last day’s concert was a sumptuous vocal duet by popular Malladi brothers Sriram Prasad and Ravikumar. They sang Manasa Guruguha (Ananda Bhairavi), Arunachalanadham in Saranga, Chintayamam (Bhairavi), Devi brova (Chintamani) and Nadachi Nadachi, the main item. Superb raga essays by Prasad and Ravi for this majestic Kharaharapriya keertana of Thyagaraja marked the concert. The entire main item was rendered by the brothers in vigorous without sacrificing the aesthetics. Excellent support came from Embar Kannan of Chennai, V.Venkataramana of Visakhapatnam and S.Hanumanta Rao on violin, mridangam and ghatam. Yanamandra Srinivasa Sarma, a profound scholar eloquently explained the greatness of the compositions the Sangeeta Trimurthis.
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