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Updated: August 11, 2012 09:19 IST

Celebration of instrumental music

Ranjani Govind
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The show on Saturday will begin with Mr. Krishna releasing an audio album "Raga Pravaham" of veteran violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh.

Minister for External Affairs S.M. Krishna will inaugurate ‘Vadya Vaibhava’, a five-day instrumental music festival, at Gayana Samaja on Saturday.

“This is the first year that we are organising a Carnatic instrumental festival. We realised that it is time we focussed on ‘instrumental Nada’ with separate slots so that the music of the strings, frets, pipes, reeds and thumps get to showcase their unique character,” said M.R.V. Prasad, president , Gayana Samaja.

The samaja is honouring violin maestro M.S. Gopalakrishnan with the title ‘Nadasri’ in recognition of his lifetime achievement.Vidya Shankara Bharati Swami of Avani Sringeri Math will present it. Mr. Gopalakrishnan had held Yehudi Menuhin in awe as he played the Kalyani Atta tala varna on just one string. He is at home with his instrument not only in chaste Carnatic and Hindustani, but also a Beethoven number.

The list of instrumental cutcheri combos and blends is also interesting in the ‘Vadya Vaibhava’. Jayanthi Kumaresh (August 12); Percussion Ensemble by Anoor Anantha Krishna Sharma (August 13); Balasai - Flute and U.P. Raju – mandolin (August 14); Nadaswara duet by Vaduvoor S.N.R. Krishnamurthy and P.N. Manikantan (August 15).

The show on Saturday will begin with Mr. Krishna releasing an audio album “Raga Pravaham” of veteran violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh.

It will be followed by a quartet violin show by Ganesh-Kumaresh and Mysore Nagaraj and Manjunath.

On what they plan to present, Kumaresh says, “Shouldn’t I keep that a suspense? After all, it’s going to be a synchrony and confluence of four of our original personalities, while the best would be the spontaneity in our improvisations. Elated at the importance showered on instruments at this dedicated festival, Kumaresh says, “Looking beyond lyrics and compositions is the naada that instrumentalists are nurtured to look into. The inherent musicality of sound is what we are trying to interpret in underlying Carnatic genre. If major sabhas in India understand this viewpoint, every kind of instrumental music would survive eternally,” he says.

Vadya Vaibhava will be held from August 11 to 15 at Gayana Samaja on K.R. Road in Bangalore.

The programmes on all days begin at 6 p.m., but on August 15, it begins at 10 a.m.

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