MUSIC Disciples of Parupalli Ramakrishnaiah Pantulu and Susarla Dakshinamurthy Sastry conducted a five-day aradhanotsavam with devotional fervour. P. SURYA RAO

Every year a large number of sishya prasishyas belonging to the tradition established by the great gurus Parupalli Ramakrishnaiah Pantulu and his mentor Susarla Dakshinamurthy Sastry (a disciple of Manambuchavadi Venkata Subbhaiah, a direct disciple of Thyagaraja, conduct the aradhanas of both the gurus over five days with devotional fervour. This year, the aradhanotsavam of the legendary gurus was conducted at Gokaraju Laila Gangaraju Kala Vedika in Government College of Music, Vijayawada.

On the inaugural day, the sishya prsishyas of Parupalli gathered at his statue erected in Alankar Centre, performed Pooja and garlanded his bust. The concerts in the evening were at the venue. The first concert was rendered by talented teenaged singer M. Sruthiranjani who began with an impressive Ghanaraga malika varnam composed by reputed vidwan Modumudi Sudhakar. Dikshitar’s ‘Sakthi Sahita Ganapatim’ in Sankarabharanam followed next. Sruthiranjani showed abundant talent in manodharmam aspects and her voice was pleasing and mellow. Main item ‘Enati Nomu Phalamo’ in Bhairavi was presented neatly with fine raga and swaras. Sruthi closed the concert with a tatvam `Ninnuvidachi’ made famous by Dr.Balamurali during the Vijayawada Akashvani Bhakthiranjani broadcasts years ago. Accompanists for Sruthi were D. Krishnapriya (violin) and K. Anilkumar (mridangam).

Emani Lalitakrishna of Hyderabad, a versatile artiste who could play a number of string instruments like Veena, Gotu, Mandolin and Guitar with considerable command presented her veena concert. She played ‘Bantureeti’ In Hamsanadam and ‘Balagopala’ in Bhairavi showing technical finesse and aesthetic sense. She was excellently supported on the mridangam by P. S. Phalgun.

B. V. Durgabhavani, a staff artiste of Akashvani and a senior disciple of vidwan Annavarapu Ramaswami is a violinist and vocalist. She presented her vocal concert on the second day. She started with a fine varnam in Anandabhairavi composed by her guru Annavarapu. As the main item Durgabhavani sang an impressive version of Bhavapriya and went on to render the kirtana ‘Srikanta neeyeda’ of Thyagaraja. The kalpana swaras were crisp and lively. Bhavani was supported on the violin by G. Satishbabu on violin and K. Jaganmohini on mridangam.

Modumudi Sudhakar’s gripping vocal concert started with ‘Mahaneeya Namassulive’ a composition of Dr. Balamurali in the rare raga Sumukham. Fine kalpana swaras complemented the kirtana. After rendering Patnam’s ‘Paridanamichite’ in Bilahari, Sudhakar sang as the main item ‘Paramaguruvarya’ in Gurupriya in praise of his gurus. It was Sudhakar’s own composition and he did ample justice to it. P.Nandakumar (violin) and Dandamudi Sumathi Ramamohan Rao (mridangam) gave him efficient support.