Rare feat

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Music Over 80 artistes regaled audience to Thyagaraja’s Pancharatna kirtanas.

It was a rare musical feat by a host of instrumentalists and a first of its kind at the abode of Lord Venkateswara. It is common for vocalists to converge at Thiruvaiyaru to render the famous Pancharatna Kritis in chorus. This time, it was the turn of musical instrumentalists to perform in unison. The first-of-its-kind concert was organised by Hindu Dharma Prachara Parishat, a propagation arm of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in association with Sri Venkateswara College of Music and Dance at Kalyana Vedika in Tirumala coinciding with the birth anniversary of Saint Thyagaraja.

It was a gathering of more than 80 artistes on stage playing a range of musical instruments as veena, nadaswaram, keyboard, violin, mrudangam, flute, kanjira, dolu , ghatam, morsing and so on. While 44 of them were from Chennai, the others belonged to Hyderabad, Bangalore, Tirupati and other places. Led by ace violinist A.Kanyakumari, the band performed ‘Sri Ganapathim’, ‘Thera Theeyagaraada’ and ‘Guruleka Etuvanti’ before embarking on the melodious five gems. The Pancharatna Kritis were performed with élan, evoking several rounds of applause from the audience.

“Unlike a vocal chorus, where it is easy to strike a chord, it is not so in the case of instruments. There are percussion, wind, string and bow instruments in the group, each of which has a different style. It is difficult to synchronise the disparate forms of instruments and once the harmony is achieved, it is the most melodious to listen”, Ms.Kanyakumari told the correspondents later. The event dispelled fears lingering in the minds of some on how the concert would be received by the audience, as they were being rendered without the magical lyrics composed by the great vaggeyakara.

TTD’s Executive Officer L.V. Subrahmanyam felicitated the artistes after the mega concert.

A. D. Rangarajan and Gururprasad Shukla



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