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Feast your ears to the ragas

P. SURYA RAO

Balamuralikrishna and a host of singers paid rich tributes to guru Parupalli.



Music fete M. Sruti Ranjani;

Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna's felicitation function and his concert on the first day of the five-day music festival organised by Gayaka Sarvabhowma Sangeeta Parishat, was followed by a four-day feast of concerts. The event took place at Gokaraju Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika, Vijayawada.

Internationally renowned flautist Prapancham Sitaram of Chennai presented a superb concert on the second day. Before the concert, he was honoured by Balamuralikrishna on behalf of the Sangeeta Parishat with the title ‘Sunada Sudhanidhi' and a citation. Sitaram began his concert with Intakannanandamemi preceding it with a brief but sweet alapana. Tuneful melody and depth of scholarship marked his recital.

Next, Sitaram played a Dhanyasi keertana Guruni pogada tarama composed by vidwan Annavarapu Ramaswamy and Guruni Smarimpumu, a keertana in Hamsavinodini composed by Balamurali in praise of his guru Parupalli. Sitaram played Chalamelara in Margahindolam, a difficult raga to elaborate but he showed excellent command over the raga bhava and gave a sumptuous treat. The swaras were also scholarly. Towards the close, Sitaram played Vinkatachala Nilayam, an Annamayya composition in Sindubhairavi.



P. Sitaram felicitated by Balamuralikrishna.

Teenage singer Modumudi Srutiranjani revealed extraordinary talent in her vocal concert the next day. She is being groomed by her musician parents Modumudi Sudhakar and Anjana Sudhakar. Neat style, clarity of sahityam and good manodharmam are Sruti's assets. Her concert began with Mahaganapathim (Nata) which was followed by Neevadane gana (Saranga), Birana in Kalyani and Giripainelakonna in Sahana. Though briefly, Srutiranjani presented the cream of Sahana and finished the item with fine kalpana swaras. M.P. Balaji gave her violin support and K. Aravind showed great promise on mridangam.

Neat plucking and confident manodharmam marked the veena recital by experienced vainik V. Sujana Subramanyam from Chennai. Sujana played a fine varnam Amma Ananda Dayini, composed by Balamuralikrishna and followed with Vinayaka (Hamsadhvani), Bantureeti in Hamsanadam, Neekela (Kadanakutuhalam) and as the main item, played Dakshayani Abhayambike in Todi. The raga was delineated with expertise and the swaras were delightfully crisp. K. Saigiridhar and I. Anjaneya Sastri gave Sujana able support on mridangam and ghatam respectively.

On the fourth day, veteran vidushi K. Saraswathi Vidyarthi of Visakhapatnam gave a sumptuous vocal concert thrilling the audience with her scholarship and melodious voice. Her raga essays, niravals and the kalpana swaras were handled with highly level of dignity, traditional purity and grace. Saraswathi's scholarly exhibition the pallavi in Hamirkalyani in khanda triputa took the centrestage in her concert. Other highly impressive items in her concert were Manaviyalakimparadate in Nalinakanti, Deva Deva Kalayami in Mayamalavagowla, an Abhang of Tukaram and thillana in Khamas.

The festival came to end with an excellent concert by veteran vidwan Annavarapu Ramaswamy supported on side violins by his disciples B.V. Durgabhavani, P. Nandakumar and G. Satish Babu. Annavarapu's scholarly touch was evident throughout the concert. He played Srimaha Ganapathi in Saraswathi, Makelara vicharamu in Ravichandrika, Sobhillu saptaswara in Jaganmohini, Paridanamichite in Bilahari and the popular Annamayya keertana in Mukhari, Bramha kadigina padamu. Ramaswami was given fitting support on mridangam by M.L.N. Raju and on the ghatam by M. Haribabu.

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