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Breaking boundaries At the Balaji Temple in Birmingham
Breaking boundaries At the Balaji Temple in Birmingham

Nadabharati makes an effort to spread music in U.K.

Nadabharati, a popular music sabha, of Hyderabad, striving to encourage young talent in the field of Carnatic music, undertook an ‘artiste exchange’ programme from one state to another. Accordingly it arranged programmes at Chennai and other places in Tamil Nadu and then invited artistes from there. This time, Nadabharati, under the leadership of its founder Srinivasa Gopalan, a percussionist of repute, extended this venture to UK.Noted voco-violinist Komanduri Seshadri also accompanied him. Seshadri and Srinivas, visited Birmingham Balaji temple and took part in Thyagaraja Utsavam conducted by the temple authorities led by Dr. Kamakshi, a gynaecologist and veena artiste who is the cultural coordinator there. Srinivas had an opportunity to talk on his ‘Naadarchana’ concept and had an auspicious opening in the temple of Lord Balaji. All through the month of their stay in the UK, nine concerts and three workshops were held. Seshadri gave a vocal concert as part of the Brahmotsavam of the Balaji temple in Birmingham. They gave four chamber concerts in Luton and four in Birmingham city and conducted workshops in Staffordshire, Blackpool and Southbury. The final and big event was the Naadarchana held at Balaji temple, a musical offering to the lord - a Nadabhishekam. A set of 18 compositions were chosen, written by different vaaggeyakaras.

These kritis, made into CDs, were sent to the various singers along with notation to practice and present it with all the musicians in one voice. The Nadarchana concept, according to Srinivas, is to, “Spread the music through devotion and to ensure the movement is spread to future generations.”

It was a two hour programme with around 2000devotees taking part, adding musical oblation to the already existing spiritual atmosphere. Certificates were also given away to all the participants by Nadabharathi. Looking at the success of the entire programme, Srinivas says that this event could be made into a regular one. Seshadri did a good job in coordinating the programmes and musicians there, says Srinivas. Some of the musicians were British doctors, proficient in Western classical music, running music sabhas like Kaalabharathi and Sruthi. Sinivas says that they tied up with Nadabharathi in promoting classical music, while pursuing their academics simultaneously. “Our music is spreading fast and many Indian communities are taking to music seriously,” observes Srinivas.

G.S.

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