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Sankirtana yagnam

Balakrishna Prasad presented rare gems of Annamayya.

Balakrishna Prasad is known for being zealous about this mission through his concerts in India and abroad.

Venkat Arts Academy, striving to preserve and propagate Annamacharya Kirtanas, organised a week-long festival of rendition of Annamacharya kirtanas, called Annamacharya Sankirtana Yagnam at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha from October 12. Garimella Balakrishna Prasad, a Carnatic vocalist and composer, has been striving to take up as many new compositions of Annamacharya as possible that were not so far set to tune by other composers. In this festival, he presented a number of compositions composed by him and regaled the audience.

Balakrishna Prasad is known for being zealous about this mission through his concerts in India and abroad. Quite a few of them were taken up by dancers for their performances too. He was part of TTD’s Annamacharya Project for a long time. To continue his mission he also roped in his son Anila Kumar, a promising young vocalist, bestowed with forceful and mellifluous voice. The young man accompanies his father as a co-singer. He did so on this occasion as well.

Balakrishna Prasad is lauded for his expression of bhava of these kirtanas and explaining, if necessary, the meaning and context of some Telugu words in the lyrics that may seem obsolete now. In this yagnam, he rendered 150 kirtanas. He also added a few compositions of eminent musicians like his guru Nedunuri Krishnamurthy. He took pains to publish rare kirtanas of Annamayya in book form. This book, Sankeertana Sanjeevi, was released on this occasion.

Some of the songs Prasad rendered included Vinaro Bhagyamu in Suddha Dhanyasi, Kommalala Yentavade in Bilahari, Thiro Thiro Javarala in Gambheeranata and the new compositions he brought into focus included Ihaparamulona in Hindolam, Adimoolame Maku in Anandabhairavi and Vishnudevu paadamule in Vasantha.

Violinists P. Nageswara Rao, R. Dinakar and Shankar; mridangam player Mahadevu Lakshmi Narayana Raju and tabla player Sai Giridhar lent support on different days.

G.S

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