Event A music concert marked the felicitation ceremony of Arundhati Circar. P. SURYA RAO

The Krishnamacharya Kala Peetham of Vijayawada conducted a colourful function at Sringeri Mahapeetha Paripalita Sri Sivaramakrishna Kshetram to honour veteran vocal musician Arundhati Circar, an illustrious disciple of luminaries like T.L.Venkatarama Iyer, D.K. Pattammal and Sandhyavandanam Srinivasa Rao. She is now a resident of Vijayawada. Krishnamacharya Kala Peetham was established in memory of late N.C. Krishnamacharyulu , a great scholar-musician, violin artiste, Harikatha Bhagavatar and author of several books in Telugu and Sanskrit.

He was also a reputed violin and vocal guru who trained a number of talented violinists and vocalists.

He worked in Vijayawada Akashvani for over three decades.

Arundhathi was fittingly honoured by a large number of musicians and admirers at a function chaired by N.Ch. Jagannadhacharyulu and the chief guest was Munuganti Sriramamurthy, founder editor of the only Telugu magazine on music Ganakala . The function was followed by a vocal concert by N.C. Rangacharyulu of Kodada.

Though not a professional musician, Rangacharyulu impressed with his neat and traditional rendering of keertanas. There was less manodharma as the event was packed with many items.

Some of the highlights were Gowri Sukumari a composition of Krishnamacharyulu in Vasanta. Some highlights in the concert were Dorakuna Ituvanti Seva (Bilahari), Nadopasana (Begada), Sri Narada (Kanada) and Marubalka in Sriranjani. However, N.C. Madhav, a senior violinist and staff artiste of Tiruchy Akashvani stole the show with his sweet versions of Begada and Kanada. Fine rhythmic support came from N.C. Sudera Varadaraj of Nagpur (mridangam) and I. Anjaneya Sastri (ghatam).