Cultural extravaganza

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Memorable performance Padma Subrahmanyam.
Memorable performance Padma Subrahmanyam.

Eight days of music and dance was marked by skilful performances.

The eight-day long 10th annual festival of Andhra Music Academy held at Kalabharathi, featured an hour long vocal recital by D.L. Prachodan in the company of Pappu Gnanadev on violin and his brother Satyadev on mridangam on the evening of the second day. They rendered an enjoyable recital. Next was an enthralling Bhakthi Sangeetha Vibhavari, evocatively rendered by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and S.P. Sailaja. A knowledgeable violin solo by Vinay Rahul with M. Lakshmana Rao on mridangam and M. Yedukondalu on ghatam was the first programme on the third day evening. This was followed by a concert of Hindustani vocal by Manjusha Patil in the company of Tanmay Deochake on harmonium and Vibhav Khandolkar on tabla. Manjusha, tunefully covering little over two octaves with the same intensity, regaled all alike.

The graph of appeal both quality and quantity wise started showing an upward trend with the Tala vaadya kacheri rendered by Thakur Harjit Singh and party and a delightful Bharatanatyam performance by Padma Subrahmanyam and her disciples Gayatri and Mahati Khannans the next evening. Presentation of a Meerabhajan choreographed by herself was the main attraction. The tempo was sustained by a vocal recital by V. Sreesoumya and a veena concert by Meduri Srinivas on the evening of the fifth day. S. Pardhiva on violin and M. Vijayakumar on mridangam accompanied Sreesoumya; while P. Jayabhaskar on mridangam and M. Suryaprakash from on ghatam excellently accompanied Srinivas. Well choreographed and neatly presented dance ballet Mahishasura Mardini by the students of Kuchipudi Nrutyalay of Seetha Vuppala and the cognitively composed vocal recital by Manda Sudharani in company of Komanduri Seshadri (and K. Sadgurucharan on mridangam marked the sixth day evening. Still getting profoundly niftier with verve, the 91-year- old R.K. Srikantan accompanied by his son R.S. Ramakanth (vocal support) in the company of Dwaram Satyanarayana Rao on violin, V. Kamalakara Rao on mridangam and A.S. Sankar on ghatam rendered a scholarly vocal recital. Expansive expatiation of Janani (Suddhasaveri) was the piece de resistance.

The final evening started with an enjoyably recital by sisters Sushmitha and Madhusmitha (in the company of violinist H. Ramacharan on violin and U. Kalivaraprasad on mridangam.

Nedunuri Krishnamurty, rendering a vibrant vocal concert, not only made the fete reach elated heights but also sublimely provided a splendid finale to it. His rendering of Yenduku Peddala (Sankarabharanam) turned out to be the piece de resistance of the entire fete.




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