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Small wonder Satwika at G.V.R. Music College.
Small wonder Satwika at G.V.R. Music College.

A vocal concert and a Kuchipudi ballet were part of the Nrithya Ravali anniversary celebration.

A vocal concert by 11-year-old Uppuluri Satwika and an enchanting Kuchipudi ballet Srikrishna Leelalu were featured as part of the 8th anniversary celebration of Nritya Ravali of Vijayawada at Goakaraju Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika in the premises of Government College of Music and Dance. Satwika, the talented daughter of V. Krishnaveni who is a reputed violinist and a staff member of the Music College, began with a varnam in Vasanta and sang Maha Ganapathim in Nata and Sarasa Sama Dana in Kapinarayani with confidence. She rendered good alapana for Mayateeta Swaroopini of Ponnaya Pillai in Mayamalavagowla. Good kalpana swaras also marked this keertana. Satwika closed her concert with a tillana in Desh and an Annamacharya keertana. The young singer was well supported on the violin by B.V.S. Mahidhar, son of B.V.S. Prasad well known mridangam vidwan and Saraswathi a noted vocalist. Raghuram Hari was good on the mridangam.

The evening’s major attraction was a Kuchipudi dance drama Srikrishna Leelalu directed by Ajaykumar, himself a noted dancer and a staff member of the Government College of Music and Dance. The dance drama written by Malladi Anil Kumar and set to music by K. Suryanarayana featured children below 12 years of age who enacted their roles like experienced artistes. The childish pranks of Lord Krishna were shown delightfully by dancers Sai Sruti, Uma, Rakesh Kumar, Mahathi, Sashank, Yamini, Varsha, Krishna Praveen, Sravani, Meghana, Manogna, Lasya Prnathi, Radha Devayani, Swetha, Yasaswini, Hiranmayi and Divya.

The programme was inaugurated by C.V.K. Prasad and was presided over by Ambati Madhumohana Krishna. Other guests of honour were Karnati Lakshminarasiah, Palagani Prabhakar Rao and principal of the music college C. Munikumar.

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