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Updated: March 25, 2010 18:20 IST

Story well told

A. Ramalinga Sastry
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M.V. Simhachala Sastry.
HANDOUT M.V. Simhachala Sastry.

‘Sitakalyanam Harikatha' was engaging

Visakha Music Academy, in association with Nadasudha Tarangini established by Nedunuri Krishnamurty, as part of the three-day fete celebrating Sri Rama Navami, featured Sitakalyanam Harikatha. President of the academy, Prof. A. Prasannakumar and Nedunuri along with S. Vijaya Kumar spoke on the occasion. Suhasini Anand hosted the ceremony.

M.V. Simhachala Sastry of Tirupathi, widely recognised as Harikatha choodamani, and Sri Ramakatha Dhara-dhara in the excellent company of K.V.S. Prasad on violin and S. Subrahmanyam on mridangam, rendered the Sitakalyanam Katha.

Quoting relevant excerpts from Valmiki Ramayanam, comparable statements from the compositions of St. Tyagaraja and Adibhatla Narayana Das extempore, Sastry discerningly expounded the concept ofParamatma. Musically actuating the entire diapason of melody ranging from the sedate to the most vivacious with radiant repose, he evolved nectarine melody replete with an expression of elite aesthetics.

Even his rendering of prosaic interludes was marked with meticulous clarity coupled with an ingenious twist in punctuation, modulation and intoning. No wonder, it left an impression of being in a state of soulful meditation on every syllable, both lyrical and musical.

Over all, it seemed to be a dissertative exposition of Harikatha in elated song from and an effort that sought to expound the attributes of the chief characters of the epic story like Vasistha, Dasaradha, his three wives and four sons, with specific stress on Viswamitra, Kosalya, Lakshmana and Hanuman.


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