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Musical feast for body and soul

P. SURYA RAO

Swarajhari laid out a three-day musical fare as part of its 18th anniversary.

A three-day musical feast was laid out by Swarajhari on its l8th anniversary treat for the music lovers of Vijayawada. The opening concert was an impressive vocal recital by P. Bharathi of Warangal. After singing Anuragamuleni in Saraswathi and Brova Samayamide in Gowrimanohari Bharathi took up Nidhi Chala Sukhama in Kalyani for the main item and did ample justice with her sound musical knowledge. T. Seetaramalakshmi and T. Saigiridhar gave good support to her on violin and mridangam respectively.

Melodious vocals

The main concert of the evening was a melodious vocal by K. Seshulatha Viswanadh of Hyderabad. Seshulatha made brisk beginning with Vasanta Varnam and followed with Gam Ganapathi in Hamsadhvani, Kamalamba in Anandabhairavi with excellent command over the manodharmam aspects. The main item of the concert was Sambho Mahadeva in Pantuvarali. The alapana was elaborate and exhaustive and Seshulatha succeeded in capturing the subtleties of the raga in the right manner. B. V. Durgabhavani (violin) B. V. S. Prasad (mridangam ) and I. Anjaneya Sasti (ghatam) gave her fine support and Seshulatha gave a lively finish to her concert with a thillana in Poornachandrika.

The junior concert of the second day was vocal by P. Lalita of Hyderabad supported by Seetaramalakshmi on violin and K. Jaganmohini on the mridangam.

Lalita's main item was the majestic keertana of Dikshitar in Poorvikalyani (Meenakshi me Mudam Dehi). Her sharp manodharmam and good grasp of the raga portraits made her concert quite impressive. Other notable items were Annimantramulu, an Annamayya composition, Sobhillu Saptaswara in Jaganmohini and Jagadodharana in Hindustani Kafi.

The main concert of the evening was a deviation from original schedule. Instead of Pudukkottai Krishnamurthy's Veena recital there was a veena concert by K.Udayalakshmi. Her Pantuvarali (Ennaganu Ramabhajana) and Sankarabharanam delineations were packed with rich aesthetic sancharas. Her style of plucking was neat and soft. Other impressive items in her concert were Bagayenayya in Chandrajyothi, the ragamalika tanam in ragas Kanada, Kafi, Amritavarshini, Rasikapriya and Sindbhairavi. K.Sadgurucharan's soft touch on the mridangam and his anticipative following were pleasing.

Vocal duet

Brothers Malladi Suribabu and Narayana Sarma delivered a lively vocal duet as the final concert of the festival. Both being seasoned artistes with vast experience, they immensely pleased the audience with their sumptuous music sung with traditional approach. Starting with Kambhoji varnam, the brothers sang Subramanyena Rakshitoham (Sudha Dhanyasi), Anupama Gunambudhe in Athana, Paripoornakama in Poorvikalyani and Ninnenamminanu in Thodi. With their sound musical knowledge they managed to enthral the audience. They rounded up the concert with keertanas of Ramadas and Annamacharya. Excellent instrumental support was provided by P.Nageswara Rao on the violin, M.Lakshminarayana Raju ( mridangam) and I.Anjaneya Sastri (ghtam).

On the occasion of the anniversary Swarajhari fittingly honoured veteran Tavil Vidwan Nidamanuri Lakshminarayana of Ongole. Chief guest of the felicitation function was Mr.Putta Jaganmohan Rao a noted patron of Arts. On behalf of `Swarajhari' veteran vidwan Annavarapu Ramaswamy honoured the Tavil vidwan. The Tavil master played a superb laya vinyasam in a rare talam Rangapradeepam.

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