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Different strokes

Artist Singampally Satanarayana sketched images to the sound of Annamayya kritis sung by musicians.



UNIQUE FEAT Singampally Satyanarayana drawing Annamayya's sketch to the tune of the composer's kriti.

Moving the brush over a canvas to draw an image in rhythm with a song sung in the background is something new and fresh. If hurling back replies simultaneously to a number of queries posed is Avadhanam, cannot doing the same with a brush be called Chitrakala Avadhanam? Well, Tirupati-based artist, Singampally Satyanarayana, believes so.

As part of the 597th Annamacharya Jayanti celebrations conducted in a grand manner by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams at Mahati auditoriumSingampally performed this unique feat.

His brush moved in tandem with the Annamayya kritis sung by musicians in the background, in the process, producing portraits of Annamacharya, Tirumala hills, the sanctum sanctorum of Venkateswara and more, as described in the respective songs.

The TTD musicians, B.Raghunath, K.Visalakshi and Sarveswari gave an impressive vocal performance of Annamayya's devotional and folk songs on one side, to which Singampally's pulsating brush responded with equal agility and vibration.

While mridangam and tabla were the supporting instruments for the artistes, the paintbrush and a palette of watercolours came to the support of Singampally in bringing out impressive images.

And the audience had the unique opportunity to enjoy both. Some of the popular numbers rendered were Adivo Alladivo, Brahmamokkate and Hari avatarudithade. Singampally had given a similar performance last Gandhi Jayanti by drawing images of the Mahatma , when patriotic songs were sung by school children.

A.D. RANGARAJAN

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