Annamayya jayanthi celebrated
P. SURYA RAO
The week-long celebrations were marked with devotional fervour.
The 603rd Jayanthi of Sankeertana Pitamaha Tallapaka Annamacharya, who was the pioneer of sankeertana composition, was widely celebrated in Vijayawada with devotional fervour. Sri Annamayya Sankeertana Gana Prachara Bhaktha brindam celebrated the event at Sri Sivaramakrishna Kshetram, Vijayawada, with a large number of devotees and musicians participating enthusiastically.
The highlight in the Jayanthi was the vocal concert by Amala Chebolu of Visakhapatnam and a senior disciple of well known vocalist Pantula Rama. Amala has a sweet voice and sang several Annamayya keertanas giving importance to sahitya bhava. Some of her remarkable songs were Vinaro Bhagyamu, Chalada Majanmamu Palimpa and Kaligenide naku kaivalyamu. Amala was supported by G. Srinivasa Murthy on violin and Ammula Prasad on mridangam.
The erudite and explicit commentary delivered by Pappu Sadasivasastry, founder of the Bhaktha Brindam, made Amala's music all the more interesting.
Another major event took place marking the Jayanthi of Annamacharya, who is said to have written 32,000 sankeertanas in the name of Lord Venkateswara, at Sri Venkateswara Temple, situated in Labbipet, Vijayawada. On the morning of the Jayanthi, a huge procession with the participation of dozens of musicians and devotees was taken from T.T.D Kalyana Mandapam to the temple.
The week-long programme in the temple began with a puja followed by an excellent vocal concert by Garimella Balakrishna Prasad who tuned more than 600 Annamayya keertanas and also printed them with fine notation. He also released many CDs of the keertanas which have become widely popular.
Before the start of the procession, musicians impressively rendered the Saptagiri keertana brindaganam. The week-long celebrations at the Venkateswara Temple were organised by the Annamacharya Sankeertana Academy. Vidwan Modumudi Sudhakar's concert was also impressive. The vidwans were accompanied by P. Nageswara Rao and M.L.N. Raju on violin and mridangam respectively. Several male and female singers were scheduled to render Annamacharya Keertanas on all the remaining days. On the second day, disciples of M. Sudhakar sang keertanas with admirable unison. Another impressive concert was that of sisters Darbha Harini and Mriduravali.
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