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MUSICAL TRADITION Kokkanda Subrahmanya Sarma and Narasimham on stage
MUSICAL TRADITION Kokkanda Subrahmanya Sarma and Narasimham on stage

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu evolved a novel diction of exposition of the musical tradition.

Staff and students of Bharathi Kalaavihara, music wing of Vignana Vihara of BVK, celebrated the 113th jayanthi of violin wizard, Sangeetha Ratnakara, Sangeetha Kalaanidhi, Padmasree Dwaram Venkataswamy Naidu on Wednesday last in its premises at Gudilova near Visakhapatnam.Thanks to the initiative taken by the principal of Kalaavihara, septuagenarian Vankayala Narasimham, himself a laya maestro and guru who by choice accompanied Naidugaru on a number of occasions on mridangam in his concerts.An adroit master of the entire technique including the element of classicality of the art of playing the instrument and the art of successful exploration of the attribute of classicism ordained in carnatic music, the violin bard evolved a novel diction of exposition of the musical tradition, explained Narasimham. The novelty lay in the insuperable way he adopted the sublime nuances of carnatic music on to the violin and vice versa. In the process, he innovatively derived strains of varied hues of soul stirring fervour by blending and amalgamating the native charm of the alien instrument and the indigenous music differently in different proportions instantly each time he rendered a concert, Narasimham said.Eminent violinist Kokkanda Subrahmanya Sarma of Angara of E.G. Dist. (former staffer of AIR) who was guest of honour was felicitated on the occasion. He later rendered a violin recital in the company of Narasimham on mridangam. Elegant elaboration of Chakkaniraajamaargamu (Kharaharapriya) of Thyagaraya followed by the expansive thani eruditely executed by Narasimham marked the evening.


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