The three-day Dasara music festival by Swarajhari in Vijayawada offered an interesting fare.

A three day Dasara music festival was conducted by Swarajhari of Vijayawada at Sringeri Sarada Peetha Maha Samsthana Paripalita Sri Sivaramakrishna Kshetram, Vijayawada. Bhagi Narayana Sastri, Branch Manager of Indian Overseas Bank, Nizamabad presented a vocal recital packed with devotional songs of different vaggeyakaras. He was well supported by M.S. Babu on the organ, P. Nageswara Rao on the violin, Premkumar on flute and Prabhakar on the tabla. Some of the highlights in his recital were Adivo Alladivo, an Annamayya keertana in Madhyamavati,

Tandanana (Bowli) and Amba Bhavani a composition of Sri Ganapathi Satchidananda Swami. It was not connoisseurs’ music but kept the audience attentive throughout.

There was a melodious veena concert on the second day by noted vidwan K.S. Govindarajan, a senior disciple of reputed veena vidwan Pudukkottai R. Krishnamuthy of Tirupathi. Presently Govindarajan is the principal in charge of Government College of Music and Dance, Vijayawada. A thorough traditionalist with good pathantaram, Govindarajan played his instrument with good command and sound manodharmam. He started with Mahaganapathim in Nata immediately followed by the Sri raga pancharatna keertana Endaro Mahanubhavulu.

A sweet delineation of Simhendramadhyamam preceded Dikshitar’s composition Kamakshi Kamakoti Peetha Vasini. Good kalpana swaras also complemented the keertana. The highlight in the concert was Ammaravamma in Kalyani adorned with bhava laden raga and crisp swaras. Another impressive item in the concert was Raghuvamsa of Patnam in Kadanakutuhalam. N.S. Kalyanaraman, a staffer of Akashvani was efficient on the mridangam.

The final day’s concert was of mediocre quality. K. Varalakshmi, principal of Government School of Music, Guntur and a post graduate in music received her advanced training from late M.L.Vasantakumari. Varalakshmi started with Mathe Malayadhvaja the famous daru varnam in Khamas following it with Vandeham in Hamsadhvani, GNB’s Saraswathi in ragam Saraswathi and Anandamritakarshini in Amritavarshini. Fluency and clarity were lacking in Varalakshmi’s voice. However, she showed fine musical depth while rendering the main item Himadrisuthe in Kalyani. Her manodharmam aspects were sound. She was provided fine support by P. Nageswara Rao on the violin and G. Venkatarao on the mridangam. The concluding item was a scintillating tillana in Behag.