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UNIQUE The recent seminar on the planetary system was interesting

It was a unique experience of audio and visual treat of music and dance on the planetary system (navagrahas) presented at the Nayana Kannada Bhavana. At this two-day seminar, noted astrologer Dr. S. K. Jain narrated the relation between astronomy and astrology quoting examples from Bhavishottara Purana about the creation of earth and planetary system.

The musical extravaganza of Dixitar's Navagaraha compositions by Dr. R. K. Srikantan, spelling out the salient features and the characteristics of ragas (Sourashtra-Asaveri-Surati-Natakuranji-Atana-Paras-Yadukula Kambhoji-Rama Manohari-Chamara, chronologically set by the composer from Soorya to Ketu) were vividly explained by Dr. Srikantan. His lecture-demonstration of the various rasanubhavas (emotions) embedded in these ragas were enthralling. Radha Thandaveswar rendered the compositions of surya, shukra, saturn, rahu and ketu supported by her disciples. The nine vocalists to represent the various navagrahas took part in the concert. Without technical hassles of "raga or svaravinyas" the concert was impressive and inspiring.

There was good co-ordination and the command over ragabhava was evident in rendition of "slokas" in ragas Sourastra, Paras, Yadukula Kambhoji, Rama Manohari and Chamara. Vidwan Dr. Nataraja Murthy on violin and Vasudeva Rao on mridanga gave ample support. On the following day, Prof. C.A. Sridhar from University of Mysore gave pictorial reference of astrological data involved in "ragas" and "svaras", identifying the close relationship of astrology and music.

Dr. R. K. Srikantan's concert with the compositions on chandra, mangala, budha and brihaspati was a real feast of ragabhava, particularly Asaveri, Suruti, and Natakuranji. Melody combined with gamaka-sanchari was an inexplicable experience. Vidwan R.S. Ramakantha (vocal support) Charulatha Ramanujam (violin) and V. Krishnan (mridanga) added splendour to the concert.

The dance feature of navagraha nrutya roopaka was the hallmark of the seminar. Well-trained disciples of Prof. Uma Rao proved worthy of the Kalakshetra tradition. The intricate "tala gathies" and Vilamkala Pramana (particularly raga "Yadukula Kambhoji" used for the planet Saturn) was a challenging task.Chetan K. Hebbar (sun and rahu) Seema Jagadish (guru and kethu) Akhila Hebbar (saturn) Anandraj Urs (moon and mars) gave delectable performance while Nandini Satyan (shukra) and Rakshith (budha) were impressive. Guru Uma Rao on nattuvanga, Radha Thandaveswar supported by Bhargavi on vocal and Ravishankar on mridanga gave the required support.

B.S.S. RAO

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