Flowing vocal and instrumental concerts marked the Thyagaraja Aradhana.
It was a pleasant experience for the Department of Culture, Andhra Pradesh, holding the 158th Annual Thyagaraja Aradhana in the open-air setting, in the Ghantasala Pranganam in Ravindra Bharati premises. A couple of artistes from other states were also seen performing at the event.
An auspicious nadaswaram recital by Guruvilli brother's - Appanna and Durga Rao and party, was the opening programme. Sriganapatini in Sourashtram, Telisi Ramachintanato in Poornachandrika, essaying of Bahudhari for Brova Bharama, Madhyamavathi (Alakalallalada) delineation with good swara exercise in the kirtana part and Vandanam Raghunandana in Sahana marked the repertoire. Durga Rao on dolu made the event lively with his bold percussion support. Madhyamavati was the highlight of the concert.
Then followed the most important event of the evening - a vocal duet by senior Malladi Brothers of Vijayawada - Suribabu and Narayana Sarma. Suribabu's robust voice and Narayana Sarma's sensuous approach in presenting the technical part made the concert interesting. The duo started with Nadasudharasa in Arabhi was appealing more because of the lucid diction. Pantuvarali went to the share of Suribabu for delineation. Dwaram Satyanaryana Rao on violin, B.V.S. Prasad (mridangam) and P. Srinivasa Gopalan (morsing) lent good support.
M.S. Sheela of Bangalore presented a melodious recital as part of the five-day Thyagaraja Aradhana. Sheela is a top grade artiste of AIR and Doordarshan. Tulasidalamulache in Mayamalavagowla opened Sheela's recital and the rendition was marked by excellent swaraprasthara. She delineated Sreeranjani with every detail and the composition in this Marubalka was an expressive rendition. The swaraprasthara again in this was an imaginative exercise.
The first programme of the evening was that of young Smitha Madhav, a promising singer. Ninne Bhajana in Nata, opened the concert. Delineation of Sankarabharanam for Swara Raga Sudha was impressive. Manda Anantakrishna, son of the late renowned flautist, Balarama Sarma, put to view his own learning and creativity in a brief concert he too gave on the evening.
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