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Mangalampalli can't wait to come home

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD Feb. 28. ``I want to be back home. It's been a long time,'' the maestro sighed. "I'm packing my bags. It'll take some time, but I'll be home soon...,'' he smiled.

Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna was sure pining for home, that is Andhra Pradesh. "At a time when I was desiring to come to my birthplace, people have been calling me here frequently for performances. This time I want to come for good,'' he maintained at a press conference here on Friday.

The Carnatic music maestro is in the city to perform at Mountain Heights in Shilparamam on Saturday as a part of the night-long Sivaratri festivities. "Mountains are dear to Lord Siva and the hilly backdrop is just perfect for the occasion when people stay awake all night in communion with Him,'' he said.

Asked what was in store for people, he replied: "I will render whatever Lord Siva makes me render. I never plan for my concerts. I render what comes.'' On a more lighter note, he quipped: "I sing the way I like, those accompanying me on various instruments play the way they like; people listening will listen the way they choose to and those who write about the programmes pen down what they like.''

On the future of classical music, the doyen of Carnatic music said there was no genre that could be termed classical music. "It is only rigorous training and indepth study that make music mature into the realm of the classical.''

He insisted that there could never be any threat to any art form, particularly classical music. "Classical music is a perennially flowing river and nothing can affect its flow,'' he affirmed. In fact, it was stronger than ever before what with the number of listeners, practitioners of music and opportunities increasing everyday. "No one needs to worry about Indian music. It is forever.''

Regarding his ambitious project on music therapy, the maestro said research work had been completed. "I'm ready to implement it.'' He refused to divulge more, saying: "Let it begin first and the world will know more about it.''

Even as the Shilparamam Special Officer, G. Kishen Rao, made an appeal to make the programme a success in the wake of the India-Pakistan cricket match on Saturday, Balamuralikrishna said: "Our arts, particularly music, are more livelier than any sport. I play with my `raagas.' And there is no defeat here. Only victory for everyone - singers, listeners and the music itself.''

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