Concert A concert and a discourse by Pantula Rama and Chaganti Koteswara Rao respectively, enhanced the event. GUDIPOODI SRIHARI
Pantula Rama is a stalwart vocalist Andhra Pradesh is proud of. The vocalist was featured on the final day of Nada Prabha fest, coupled with Brahmasri Chaganti Koteswara Rao’s discourse analysing each of the kirtanas of Dikshitar which was presented by her. She was accompanied by her husband M.S.N. Murthy on violin and D.S.R. Murthy on mridangam.
The event opened with Koteswara Rao giving Dikshitar’s life sketch.
Rama had an opportunity to delineate ragas here and there, especially Hamsadhwani for Vatapi and a few more. The specialty of Dikshitar’s compositions is some are inbuilt with raga stamp (mudra). Scholar Koteswara Rao informed that the kirtana talks Vinayaka Tatvam and elaborated in detail in his engaging and informative discourse.
Rama then chose to present a rare number Sriguruna Palitosmi in a rare raga— Padi. Her presentation of the number has inherent beauty and melody. Polished rendition of Dikshitar’s kriti Suryamurthe in Sourashtra, Dhruva talam with clear enunciation of kriti with right kalapramana, put Panthula Rama in higher pedestal.
This was one occasion where scholar Koteswara Rao spoke a lot of ‘Surya Namaskaram’ that fetches health and prosperity. It carried raga’s name in the line ‘Sourashtraarna.’ as mudra. Panthula Rama then chose to present popular number Anandamrutakarshini Amrutavarshini , Amrutavarshini being raga’s name too. Sri Subramanyaya Namaste in Kambhoji in Roopaka talam was followed by Mamava Paattabhirama in Manirangu the raga name was hidden in the word Manirangavalyalamkrita .
She concluded with Maye in Tarangini with raga mudra in the line Sudhatarangini Antarangini . The accompanists did a good job in elevating the concert to mature levels.