Event Ayyagari Syamasundaram was warmly felicitated by his friends and students.
Yet another feather in the cap of renowned veena artiste Ayyagari Syamasundaram is the central Sangeet Natak Akademi award he received recently from the President, Pranab Mukherji. Son of the great veena vidwan Someswara Rao, Shyamasundaram carries the Vizianagaram tradition known for its ‘manodharma sangeetham’. He belongs to ‘gayaki style’, meaning practicing a vocalist touch. Shyamasundaram served both as a lecturer and principal of several music colleges in Andhra Pradesh and retired as principal, Government college of Music and dance, Vijayawada. In the process, he trained hundreds of veena artistes who perform worldwide today.
To celebrate his achievements, especially the central Akademi award, a huge function was organised by almost all the music sabhas of Hyderabad, at Indira Priyadarshini auditorium, in public gardens last week. A galaxy of great musicians like Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana and Annavarapu Ramaswamy and younger musicians like Modumudi Sudhakar were present . Both Nookala and Ramaswamy hailed Shyamasundaram as a great achiever and greater teacher.Mangalagiri Aditya Prasad, musician and director of AIR, Hyderabad, called him a creator of musical themes. Modumudi Sudhakar called him great teacher and Voleti Parvateesam gave an account of his achievements in flowery language.
The event began with Syamasundaram’s students presenting a programme ‘Nava Veena Kadambam’. Shyamasundaram’s own creation, ‘Ashta Varsha’, depicting varied moods of people during rainfall, was the major show piece of the musical show. The Shyamasundaram couple was felicitated later with a citation written interestingly by noted Carnatic vocalist Ramaprabha.