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Event A Harikatha presentation on Adibhatla went well with the audience.

Guntur-based Chirra Brahmananda Reddy Bhagavatar's narration of ‘Harikatha Srimaddajjada Adibhatla Narayanadasa Charitra' — life and works of Harikatha Pitamaha Adibhatla — stood out for its gripping tempo and reflective exposition at Sankara Mutt, Visakhapatnam, under the aegis of Sri Vijaya Thyagaraja Sangeeta Sabha.

Spiced with bubbly one-liners and parables and the anecdotes of Telugu literary greats, the narration sparkled in its musical excellence and poetic charms. That the Bhagavtar's command over the Carnatic classical idiom is classic in its own right is evident at every turn. Right from the invocation to the finish, the ragas he chose to present in the process of narration, were soaked in classicism, evoking applause from the knowledgeable audience. Be it Khamaz, Sindhubhairavi or Shanmukhapriya, his uncanny ability to bring out the quintessential charms of the raga in consonance with lyrical mood of the narration came to fore in all its richness.

The narration went thus: Narayana Das was born on October 1, 1864, at Ajjada, a dinky village in Vizianagaram district. Having had early schooling in his native village, he proceeded to Srikakulam and later Vizianagaram. A gifted mind in his own right, he mastered several languages in no time. His uncanny ability to master the classical music in its varied aesthetic charms and emotional appeal lent him a distinct edge as Harikatha Bhagavatar. With his family background of modest means, he found it hard to settle in life in the early days. One day in 1884 he chanced to witness narration of Harikatha Dhruva Charitra by Madras-based Bhagavatar Kuppu Swamy Naidu. It fired his imagination, he at once decided that his destiny lay with Harikatha, a harmonious blend of literature and music, eminently suits his superlative genius.

Soon he penned a Harikatha Dhruva Charitra , his tryst with it came on the premises of local Venugopala Swamy temple, which found favour with the elite audience. Narayanadasu, who had the first bite of success in his maiden performance never looked back. His was an illustrious and eventful life that stands out for its exceptional success. The narration dealt with many an incident in Adibhatla's life in detail. His narration of Adibhatla's meeting with redoubtable poet Chellapilla Venkata Sastry at Kasimkota, Jayanthi Kameswam's close contacts with Adibhatla and many other anecdotes made it very interesting for the audience. Narasingarao on violin and Satyam on mridangam lent good support.

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