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A melodious affair

Sangeetha Ksheerasagaram presented talented musicians



MUSIC AND LYRICS Kartika Anagha and (right) Tadepalli Lokanadha Sarma.

It was an opportunity to enjoy rich variety of Carnatic music presented by young and old vocalists. The Sangeetha Ksheerasagaram presented its four day music festival at Thyagaraya Ganasabha's mini auditorium. The celebrations was to mark the 96th Jayanti of the late Ankaiah, a great Dolu player and equally great vocalist of the past.

The festival opened with veteran Tadepalli Lokanatha Sarma's vocal recital in the company of Mangalampalli Suryadeepti on violin and P. Jayabhasker on mridangam. He opened his concert rendering popular Vatapi in Hamsadhwani prefaced with a pleasing raga essay. Saveri was the major piece and structured it systematically in text book pattern. The chosen kriti in this was Thyagaraja's Etu Namminavo. He then rendered towards the end verses in ragas Shanmukhapriya, Sahana, Mohana and Surati.

The second day figured Kasturi Kamala Deepti of Vizag. She is the disciple of Pantula Rama, a great vocalist herself and then went into the tutelage of T.N. Seshagopalan. She opened her concert with Kanada Atatala varnam Neranammiti. Kambhoji for O Rangasayi her main essay was presented well. On the third day Ranjani Sivakumar figured. She too is a disciple of Pantula Rama and also went under the tutelage of Sita Narayanan and N.S. Srinivasan later. She opened her recital with Sriraga Varnam, Sami Ninne Kori with brisk swarakalpana.

Child prodigy Devarakonda Kartika Anagha gave a pulsating performance. She was the recipient of Pt. Jasraj's award in 2009. Though very young she has an appealing vocal culture and a stupendous voice throw. She presented Mahaganapathi in Bowli and Bantureeti in Hamsanadam. She chose Simhendramadhyamam as her main number of the concert for Swati Tirunal's Rama Rama Gunaseema. The Tani avartanam by the percussionist was pleasing. Tukaram's Abhang marked the end part. .

G.S.

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