A. D. RANGARAJAN
A treat from Sivanagulu and troupe.
A. Sivanagulu of Mahabubnagar, famous for popularising the folk songs by bringing them to the city dwellers, gave an impressive performance at Mahati auditorium in Tirupati last Sunday. His troupe shot to fame with the programme Relare Rela aired on MAA TV.
The musical night Janapada Sangeetha Vibhavari was distinctive as there was no touch of filmi hype or glamour and the songs were pure folk numbers rendered in south Telangana dialect. After dedicating the first song to Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala and paying tribute to the former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the troupe, in their traditional folk attire, gave a marathon performance of 30 folk songs for over three hours. The first song Manduloda ori Mayaloda was a duet by Sivanagulu and Lavanya, wherein the wife boasts about the luxurious life she had enjoyed at her parent’s home. Kodipaye Lacchamadi and Mayadari Maisamma, which were popularised through films after being suitably adapted, received roaring applause. Mai do joruwala, naku chaduvu raadu yela? was about the agony of an illiterate husband caught between two wives. The song explains the incompatibility of modern wives who expect more from their rustic husband and the latter expressing his inability to stand up to the situation. Aadostha Janaki Kodipandem takes a dig at those who get addicted to cockfights and even sell off property in the process.
Palle Kanneeru Peduthond was about the unpalatable transformation of the villages, which lose their natural sheen by embracing town culture. In the process, various caste-based professionals also lose their livelihood. Aadapilla dwelt on the villagers practise of foeticide and female infanticide in spite of the intervention from state machinery. Sivanagulu’s troupe of dozen artistes, including musicians of instruments like the keyboard, dholak, dolu and rhythm pad players, gave a flawless and matching performance.
Sivanagulu was later felicitated by the academy for his contribution to the folk art for the last ten years and also for taking part in the TANA meet in the USA. .
TTD chief engineer V.S.B. Koteswara Rao presented mementos to the artistes.