Kinnera paid a rich tribute to the State's saint poets through its `Vaggeyakara festival.'
Maddali Usha Gayatri
Kinnera Cultural and Educational Trust organised a three-day `Vaggeyakara Festival' at Thyagaraya Gana Sabha, inaugurated by J.V.S. Prasad, Commissioner, Endowments.
On the inaugural day, Vedavati Prabhakar rendered Annamayya kirtanas. Ramanamurthy accompanied her on the tabla, Dinkar on the violin, and Duttatreya on the flute. Enda Gaani, Vaana Gani and Guruterigina Donga were appealing. She sang the compositions with clarity of sahitya, which is a must for the singers of Annamayya's songs. Vedavati began with Narayana Te Namo Namo followed by Itadokkade Sarveswaruduand Paluku Teniya Talli.
Maddali Usha Gayatri, a noted Kuchipudi exponent, chose to present Ashtavidha Nayikas (Eight kinds of heroines). Pasumarthy Seshubabu provided nattuvangam, Srivalli Sarma (vocal) and Anilkumar (violin). She presented eight padams that reflect the specific moods.
They were Entha Chakkani Vade in Khamas (Swadheena Patika), Intha Paddame in Valaji (Proshithita Bartruka), Mosamaye (Vipralabdha), Challanayena in Durbar (Khandita Nayaki), Intha Telisiyundi in Kapi (Kalahantarita), Entadaka Ne Joothu in Sahana, Piluvanampe in Kedaragowla (Abhisarika) and so on. Srivalli Sarma rendered the padams expressively.
The second day was devoted to compositions of saint poets Ramadasu and Narayana Teertha. Ramadasu Project of Hyderabad designed Ramadasu Atmanivedanam. Mohan Raju and V.A. Lakshmi came out with a few well-rendered Ramadasu Kirtanalu.
Vedavathi Prabhakar gave good performances.
A.S. Murthy, founder of the project and designer of the programme explained about the gist of each kirtana of Ramadasu with reference to context, before the singers rendered it. They included Jaya Janaki Ramana, Adigo Bhadradri, Paluke Bangaramayena, Charanamule Nammithi, Sarvamangala Sadgunudavu and the concert piece Emayya Rama.
This was followed by a bhajan programme in which Ghorakavi Krishna Sampath Kumar and party rendered tarangas of Narayana Teertha. It began with Venkateswara Prardhana's Govinda Ghatayee followed by Balagopalam and a few more tarangas.
On the third day figured songs of Toomu Narasimha Dasu, a small-time vaggeyakara but a great devotee. Kalluri Muralikrishna who specialises in the rendition of Narasimha Dasu's compositions rendered some of them.
They included Inchukaina Abhimanamu and Ramayani Mimu Dalachi. Thyagaraju figured in the last programme by G.V. Prabhakar and his disciples. Nagumomo in Abheri was the highlight.
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