P. SURYA RAO
The Narayana Teertha Jayanthi celebration was an outburst of music and dance.
Singers of repute rendered Tarangams, adding sheen to the fest.
The Tarangams, written in chaste Sanskrit by Narayana Teertha in his 17th century work Srikrishna Leela Tarangini, are immensely popular even today amongst singers, bhajan groups and dancers. Keeping this in mind, the 334th Jayanthi of Sadguru Narayana Teertha was colourfully celebrated by the Narayana Teertha Trust, Kaza for three days.
Kaza is the birth place of the great saint and is situated 15 kilometres away from Vijayawada. The proceedings began with a puja and Nagara Sankeertana led by well-known philanthropist D. V. S.Valluri. The festival was inaugurated by K. Kamala, MLA from Mangalagiri. The cultural programme on the first day included a delightful dance performance by A. Tejaswini and party, who presented a few Tarangams.
The actual Jayanthi celebration, which fell on the second day of the festival, was sponsored by the Department of Culture of the Andhra Pradesh government. Several ministers including Minister of Finance K. Rosiah attended the function. N. Raghuveera Reddy announced an aid amount of one lakh rupees to be given to the trust. Y. Haragopal Reddy, vice chancellor of Acharya Nagarjuna University, also offered a grant of Rs. 5 lakh for a research programme on Narayana Teertha at the university. Speaking on the occasion P.V.R.K. Prasad, advisor to T.T.D, commended the aims of the Narayana Teertha Trust.
The highlight of the second day’s programme was the rendering of several Tarangams by the Malladi Brothers, Sriram Prasad and Ravikumar. A few Tarangams were also presented in Kuchipudi dance form by Ajaykumar and party.
On the morning of the last day, there were group renderings of Tarangams by groups led by K. Anantasayanam and Annapoorna from Guntur. The highlight in the morning was the Taranga Ganam presented by vidwan Modumudi Sudhakar, a staffer of AIR, Vijayawada. Some of the highlights were Saranambhava in Devagandhari, Govardhana giridhari in Sudh Sarang, and Devadevam in Sindbhairavi. Sudhakar was supported by P. Nageswara Rao on the violin and M.L.N.Raju on the mridangam.
The three-day fete came to a close with a Tarangam rendering by the group of Narayana Teertha Trust of Thirupponduruthi. Vidushi Kausalya delivered an enlightening speech on Tarangam singing tradition. The Jayanthi concluded with Anjanjaneya Utsavam.