Event Palagummi’s disciples brought alive his memories by rendering his all-time popular light-music numbers.
It was a laudable sight watching most of the disciples, admires and friends of the late musician Palagummi Viswanatham turning out in good numbers to commemorate the legend’s contribution to light and light classical music at a function held at Saptaparni last week. This was marked by rendition of Palagummi’s musical compositions and screening of a documentary made on him. Some of those singers, veterans now, who sang under his baton on radio and outside, recalled those great songs, rendering some of them on this occasion.
Palagummi’s prime student K.B.K. Mohan Raju who had small stint as film playback singer too, opened the memorial event by rendering a celebrated song of Balantrapu Rajanikanta Rao written in 1957, Anjalide Manavothama and tuned by Palagummi. He said this song came into circulation in 1967 with the voice of Chittaranjan and then Mohanraju rendered it in national programme of AIR, at Delhi in 1997.
He then took a song of another great poet Gunturu Seshendra Sarma Gali Poola Paragamu written in 1973 and set to music by Palagummi. He then took up Devulapalli Krishna Sastry’s song Nee Aduguloyalo . Mohanraju rendered then another of Devulapalli Yendukaya Sambasiva of Devulapalli with two other singers Murthy and Balaji joining him for chorus of pallavi line.
When the turn came for the rendition of most famous song of Palagummi’s own, Ammadonga Ninnu Choodakunte Naaku Benga , centering round parents’ agony of missing their daughter after she gets married; Palagummi’s daughter Dr. Sita, recounted her experiences after her father wrote this song, read out to her. She said she underwent different emotions including how much her parents loved her, and how she faced criticism for marrying a Christian doctor. But knowing her father had a large heart, she confirmed the song was indeed meant for all the parents who gave away their daughters in marriage, leaving vacuum in the house. “But sure it kicked up many thoughts,” Sita said “when this was rendered at Ravindra Bharati for the first time, I saw many shedding tears.”
No wonder even when Vedavati Prabhakar, whose voice carried this song to millions of households, took the mike and rendered the song again here in the function, it touched the hearts of many in the auditorium. The song attained eternity status.
Later a documentary made on Palagummi, to be telecast soon over a Bhakti Channel, was screened. It carried vivid pictures of Palagummi and depicted his journey through different phases of his life.It was indeed an emotion ridden evening.