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Melodious tribute

P.SURYA RAO

A nine-day fest pays homage to music stalwarts



The legends Susarla Dakshinamoorthy.

A nine-day music festival is being organised by the sishya prasishyas of late Sri Susarla Dakshinamurthi Sastri and Parupalli Ramakrishnaiah Pantulu to mark the 90th “aradhana” of Susarla and 50th “aradhana” of Parupalli, both great gurus who did a lot for the spread of Carnatic music in these parts. Dakshinamurthy Sastri was a disciple of Manambuchavadi Venkata Subbiah who was a disciple of Thyagarja. Parupalli Ramakrishniah Pantulu, the celebrated sishya of Susarla, trained more than 100 disciples in true Gurukula tradition, treating them as his own children. Some of the famous musicians trained by him are Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Annavarapu Ramaswami, late Daliparthy Pitchihari, late Krishnamacharyulu, M. V. Ramana Murthy and several others. On the morning of the opening day, the sishya prasishyas of Parupalli gathered in front of Parupalli’s bronze statue erected in the centre of the city and paid homage to the great guru. The music programmes are taking place at Sri Sivaramakrishna Kshetram.

The programme got off to a start with a vocal concert by K. Madhavi who sang well rendering Maha Ganapathim in Nata and Marivere of Patnam in Shanmukhapriya. Experienced vocalist G. V. Ramakumari who sang next rendered Manasu Karagademi(Hamsadhvani), Tolinejesina (Sudha Bangala) and Anudinamunu in Begada as the main piece. The accompanists for the first day’s concerts were I. Chandrakant and G. Satishbabu (violin) and K. Aravind, K. Anilkumar and Dandamudi Sumati Ramamohan Rao (mridangam).



Parupalli Ramakrishnaiah.

The second day saw concerts by G. Aparna Somadatta (vocal), M. Y. Seshurani and M. Srivani (vocal duet) and Emani Lalitakrishna (veena). Lalitakrishna of Hyderabad was brilliant on the veena. She is a versatile artiste who can also play the gotu and guitar. She began her veena concert with sahana varnam and followed it with Sidhivinayakam in Shanmukhapriya in which she impressed with her fine kalpana swaras in Atteta graham. The main item, Sankari, in Saveri was highly pleasing.

In other concerts, Seshurani and Santi impressed with their disciplined singing. Instrumental support for the second day’s concerts was provided by G. Satishbabu, G. Seetaramalakshmi on the violin and P. S. Phalgun, B. Suresh Babu, I. Anjaneya Sastri and K. Anilkumar on the mridangam.

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