Ragas for the rain
Noted artistes took part in the recital of `varsha kalita ragas' in a concert organised to welcome the monsoons.
CLASSIC DUET Hyderabad brothers D. Seshachari and Raghavachari
The Department of Culture, Government of Andhra Pradesh, came up with a novel idea of welcoming the monsoons with a series of ragas associated with the season believed to hasten the rainfall, if there was a delay.
According to legends, Deekshitar, one among the musical trinity, was going to Ettayapuram. He saw people suffering from drought. On their request he prayed to the rain goddess Amriteswari, chanting Salilam Varshaya, Varshaya, Varshaya, following which there was a downpour. Fearing that the area might be drowned, he replaced that lyrics with Sthambhaya, Sthambhaya, Sthambhaya. And lo! The rain stopped. This incident was recorded in the book Sangeeta Sampradaya Pradarshini written in 1919 by Subbarama Deekshtulu, his grandson.
IN FLOW Komanduri Seshadri
Noted artistes took part in the concert that was held at Ravindra Bharati, which began with Puranam Purushothama Sastry's Amrutha Varshini and ended with Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana's sloka in ragamalika of all these four ragas -- he took up for a slokam and sang each line in each of these ragas and then concluded with Harapriya for Rama nee samana. Most of the musicians rendered more or less two compositions each. And the most common raga was Amrutha Varshini.
GOING SOLO Puranam Purushothama Sastry
Accompanying musicians included clarinet player Achibabu, veena artistes D. Srinivas, Duddu Sitaramayya and Ayyagari Somasundar, Nagaraj on flute, vocalists Seshadri (Varuna Priya), P. Seshayya Sastry, Seshulatha, Hyderabad Brothers - Raghava Chari and Seshachari, vocalist duo Aruna and Padma, violinists Sarada Chalam, Anil Kolanka and Dwaram, mridangists P. Srinivasa Gopalan, Pulletikurthi Venkata Ramana and P.R.C. Sarma and others . Encouraged by the success, Srikanth, Director, Department of Culture informs he is sending vocalists to Mehboobnagar and Khammam shortly to render these ragas, celebrating the onset of monsoon.
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