Recitals and felicitation of veteran percussionists marked the five-day music festival organised in memory of Uppalapati Ankaiah.
Sangeetha Ksheerasagaram and Thyagaraya Gana Sabha jointly organised a five-day music festival at the sabha's venue last week in memory of Uppalapati Ankaiah, a great sangeetha vidwan of yesteryear. Veteran percussionists were felicitated. Ankaiah was a great dolu player initially who then became one of the greatest vocalists of the South.
On the first day dolu vidwan Nidamanuru Lakshmi Narayana and mridanga vidwan Mahadevu Subba Raju were felicitated.
In the vocal concert later, Dr. Swarajyalakshmi was accompanied by Peri Thyagaraju on violin and M. Lakshmana Rao on mridangam. Thodi was her main effort and the popular kriti Vedalenu Kodanda Pani was presented by her.
On the second day, Korrapati Basavayya, Asthana dolu Vidwan of Simhachalam temple and Chadalavada Krishnamurthi, a mridanga vidwan were felicitated.
But the day remains in memory for the way septuagenarian Subbalakshmi Natesan took the stage and proved a musical tempest. She is the sister of violin maestro Kunnakkudi Vaidyanthan . She adopted the breezy style of her brother in swarakalpana and ragalapana presentation.
Thodi was her main rendition for which she chose Koluvamaregada to present. The nereval and swarakalpana were a great treat. Pantuvarali was other important melody she dealt with, with the same approach. Sivasiva Yanarada in it was fine rendition. Suddha Dhanyasi for Enta nerchina with Ragalapana and Swara kalpana revealed a rare and typical but enjoyable style.
The other notable numbers were Sitapate in Khamas, Sivasiva Yanarada in Pantuvarali, Nanu Brova neekinta Tamasama in Abhogi and Marugelara in Jayantisri. S.V. Ramanamurthy on violin and Ramachandran on mridangam lent able support.
Dolu vidwan Poosarapalli Adiseshayya of Ongole district was felicitated on the third day and Lakshmi Sastri gave veena recital. Lakshmi is a modest player as she began playing veena some five years back after a long gap.
She was accompanied by Burra Sriram on mridangam. After Mahaganpathim in Nata, Manasa Etulorthune in Malayamarutham, Raghuvamsa in Kadanakuthuhalam, she played Lathangi as her main piece.
Marivere Dikkevvaru was the kriti she chose to play in this. It was a satisfying exercise.
The latter part was marked by light classical numbers of Ramadasu and Annamayya. Burra's support was uniformly good.
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