Event A marathon vocal concert was held to mark the Navaratri fest in Chittoor. A.D. RANGARAJAN
The famed ‘Kamalamba Navaavarna Krithis’ of revered composer Muthuswamy Dikshithar were presented at a function held in Chittoor town recently. The set of compositions has eleven mellifluous numbers dedicated to Goddess Kamalamba, which are set to eleven different Ragas. It is an age-old practice to sing them during the Navaratri festival.
Nine eminent and young artistes shared the dais at the programme organised by Chittoor Sahiti Samskrutika Vikasa Samstha and Sri Sarvasiddhi Vinayaka Devasthanam at the temple premises in Durga Nagar colony, Greamspet. Apart from the initial ‘Dhyanam’ and the final rendition of ‘Mangalam’, the nine kritis were chosen by each of the artistes to be performed on stage. Along with one of the ‘Navavarna kritis’, the musicians sang eight other songs dedicated to Goddess Durga during the daylong concert that lasted for eleven hours, thus taking the total number to 81M. Narayanaswami, V. Suresh and L. Jayaram, lecturers at the TTD’s Sri Venkateswara College of Music and Dance, Tirupati, and their disciples Rekha, G. Asha Deepika, S.K. Raju, A. Bhavana, K. Subramanyam and G. Lavanya sang each of the ‘Kritis’, while the accompanists were constantly replaced in view of the hectic nature of the event. Devasthanam Chairman P.V. Ramana, Secretary P. Bhuvaneswari, the Samstha’s General Secretary K. Padmasri called it an attempt to breathe life into an age-old tradition and popularise it among the present generation of singers.