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Musical tribute

P. SURYA RAO

Legendary violinist remembered.



M.S.N Murty and Pantula Rama

Late Sriman Nallan Chakravarthula Krishnamacharyulu was a reputed violinist and a great musicologist. He was a great scholar in Telugu and Sanskrit, a Harikatha Bhagavatar and author of several books in music. He was also a fine Vaggeyakara, who composed a number of keertanas which have become popular among the musicians.

In his musical career of more than six decades, Krishnamacharyulu accompanied almost all senior vidwans, besides producing gems of disciples like T.K.V. Ramanujacharyulu, M. Srinivasa Narasimha Murthy, N.C. Madhav, N.C. Kesav, N.Ch. Butchaiah Charyulu, M. Jalajakshi, the Vishnubhotla sisters Saraswathi and Krishnaveni, T.K. sisters Saroja and Sujatha, and several others.



Krishnamacharyulu.

His discourses on music and other literary subjects were as popular as his music. All those who had doubts in music and literature used to make a beeline to him to get their doubts cleared. His demise was a great loss to music. Krishnamacharya Kala Peetham was formed a few years ago. The organisation recently held a function at Sri Sivaramakrishna Kshetram, Vijayawada. At the brief function, eminent mridangam vidwan V. Kamalakar Rao of Rajahmudry was fittingly honoured by the Kala Peetham. Kamalakar Rao spoke highly of Krishnamacharyulu’s eminence and his sense of subtle humour. A book Sri Krishnamacharya Ashtotthara Satanamavali was released by Kamalakar Rao.

The function was followed by a scintillating violin concert by M. Srinivasa Narasimha Murthy, a disciple of Krishnamacharyulu and a staff artiste of Akashvani, Visakhapatnam . His wife Pantula Rama supported on the second violin. The concert began with Gowri Sukumari in Vasanta, a beautiful composition of Krishnamacharyulu. This was followed by Sidhi Vinayakam in Shanmukhapriya. Srinivasa Narasimha Murthy and Rama played efficient kalpana swaras in atteta graham for Prasidha Gananayakam.

After playing Sara Sara Samarika Soora in Kuntala varali at contrastingly fast tempo, the duo took up Bilahari for the main item and played the alapana sumptuously preceding the keertana Dorakuna and closed it with scintillating kalpana swaras. The melodious concert came to a close with a tarangam in Sindhubhairavi and a thillana in Pharaz.

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