Good sitar, great vocal
Classical concerts marked Nadabharati's shift to a new location in Barkatpura.
Nadabharati, a music sabha run by young musicians to promote talent, has shifted its venue from Ahobila Mutt to Karnataka Sahitya Mandir, Barkatpura, Hyderabad. Nadabharati's founder secretary, experienced percussion artiste Srinivasa Gopalan, says that Nadabharati's regular programmes would be held hereafter at the new venue.
Two musical concerts were organised to mark the occasion. Coincidentally, both the artistes went by the name Panduranga - Panduranga Mutalik on the sitar and Panduranaga Sarma, who performed Carnatic vocal. The evening began with Sitar recital by Panduranga Mutalik, a known name in Hindustani music circles. Mutalik is a lecturer in the Government College of Music and Dance, Secunderabad, and has been a musician of choice for important orchestral ensembles.
The concert attracted quite a number of listeners belonging to different language groups. Hailing from a family of traditional musicians, Mutalik opened with an extensive Bhagesri. The alap in its various stages of development was interesting. He entertained the audience with brisk forms of Jod and Jhala mid way and the two compositions he played were in Teen Tal.
Aware of the fact that quite a number of Kannadigas were present in the auditorium, be played a brief Pooria Dhanasri and presented in it a Kannada composition Bhagyada Lakshmi Baaramma, with stress on melody. He concluded the recital with a composition in Yamankalyan - Sriramacharita manasa kripalo in Kannada Gowla. Srikanth gave apt support on the tabla, displaying his skills in brief solos.
Following this, renowned Carnatic vocalist, octogenarian H.S. Gururajachar, was felicitated with Sangita Puraskar-2005 at a brief function presided over by the President of Andhra Music Academy, R. Prabhakara Rao (Retd. DGP).
Belonging to Raghavendra Swamy parampara, Gururajachar learned from Chintalapalli Ranga Rao and Sri Venkata Rao, both asthana vidwans of Mysore Maharaja. Gururajachar also learned from Sri Someswar Bhagawatar of Palghat. Later, he grew to be a great vidwan himself, taught music in Mysore and then shifted to Hyderabad and founded Sadguru Sangeetha Vidyalay. His academic services were also sought by the Gandharva Maha Vidyalaya.
Later, Panduranga Sarma took stage for his Carnatic concert in the company of M.V.N. Prasad on violin, Srinivasa Gopalan on mridangam and T.P. Balasubramanyam on ghatam. His concert was marked by major raga effort - Bhairavi, for Rakshabettare of Thyagaraja with nereval and the elaborate swaraprasthara.
A spirited Thani Avartanam by percussionists, adapting a soothing sarvalaghu technique, added to the performance.
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