A. RAMALINGA SASTRY
Vocal recitals and Kuchipudi marked the Brahmotsavam celebrations.As part of the week-long Brahmotsavam at Sri Lalitha Peetham in Lalithanagar that began last Thursday at Radhasaptami, the organising committee included Vadarevu Subbarao and Vissa Ramachandra Rao, under the aegis of the Holy head of the Peetham Sri Sri Siddheswarananda Bharatiswami, besides discourses, book release functions, homam along with parayana, sahasrakumkumarchana and Sri Lalitha Kameswara Kalyanam also organised classical music and dance recitals.The Kuchipudi recital on Monday evening by one of the prime disciples of Padmabhushan Vempati China Satyam, Jayanthi Kalpana Srinivas from Chennai, marked the entire phase of cultural events. She got off to a gracefully evocative start with Ganesha stuthi composed, set to music and choreographed by Ravi Shankar, son of the maestro of the tradition Vempati. Then she presented Devi Stotramala and Kamakshi stuthi choreographed by Vempati and Devi stuthi again a composition of Ravi.Aesthetically and adroitly accomplishing all norms of classicism in achieving enviable synchrony between footwork, mudra, bhangima, chaalana and striking of expression, Kalpana empathetically danced her way into the hearts of everyone in the sabha mandapam. While Ravi expertly wielded the cymbals with excellent support on mridangam by Kantilal, vocals by Vanaja in the company of Chandramouli on violin, Lakshmi on veena and Raghavachar on flute were also commensurable.Similar was the impact of the music recitals on the three-day mahotsavam celebrated by the Visakha Saiva Peetham (an offshoot of Sri Saiva Maha Peetham of Hyderabad) housed in the premises of Bank Towers in Ballayyasastry Layout and concluded on the Radhasaptami Day on Thursday.Ivaturi Madhuri and Suvarna on the first day, Chaganti Girija Mahesh on the second and Chaganti Sandhya Sankar on the third evening, accompanied by K.V.S. Prasad on violin and V.V. Sankaram on mridangam, rendered the recitals.