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Shyama Sastri to the fore

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Event Vishnubhotla sisters brought out the finer nuances of Shyama Sastri’s compositions.

Technical finesseVishnubhotla sisters render Shyama Sastri’s compositions.
Technical finesseVishnubhotla sisters render Shyama Sastri’s compositions.

Vishnubhotla sisters — Saraswathi and Krishnaveni were featured in Nada Prabha’s music fest held at Telugu Lalithakala Thoranam. Their concert highlighted the inbuilt swaras like in swarajati number of Shyama Sastri . On the occasion the duo was accompanied by O. Rajasekhar on violin, B.V.S. Prasad on mridangam and P.V. Ramanamurthy on ghatam. Chaganti Koteswara Rao spoke of Shyama Sastri’s life. Music was an excuse to listen to his great oratory skills as a major part of the event was his discourse.

The composition the sisters rendered were Swarajati ‘Kamakshi’ in Bhairavi with fine swarajatis spanning across lines. Shyama Sastri’s compositions in general are vilambakala kirtanas, with sole purpose of audience understanding sahitya well. Rendition of Neelayatakshi in Mayamalavagowla was preceded by Chaganti Koteswara Rao’s observations of how significant were words like ‘Jagadsakshi, ‘Phalakshudi Rani’ and ‘Abhimanamuto Brovumu’, giving out inner meaning of why and how he used these words in his composition. Devi Brovasamayamide in Chintamani was another piece the sisters rendered after the scholar gave a gist of the composition. The kirtanas Sankari Sankuru in Saveri, Palinchu Kamakshi in Madhyamavati was rendered by the sisters with utmost clarity of sahitya content. Karunajoodu in Sriragam was the concluding number.

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