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Concert The unique veena kacheri featured as many artistes as the nakshatras in the calendar. Gudipoodi Srihari

Virtuoso playRajyalakshmi leading the Veena chorus.
Virtuoso playRajyalakshmi leading the Veena chorus.

Ingenious ways are being adapted by the artistes and sabhas in paying tributes to Thyagaraja in this Aradhana season. Interesting among them is the way noted veena virtuoso and lecturer, Anandarajyalakshmi conceived a chorus programme titled ‘Nakshatra Veena Kacheri’. It was in fact ‘Veena Kadambam’ featuring as many artistes as the number of ‘nakshatras’ (stars) in the calendar – 27. It was indeed chorus format with all the vainikas playing the kirtanas of Thyagaraja in unison in a programme held at Thyagaraya Gana sabha under the banner of Ananda Mahati Cultural Association recently. The artistes were accompanied by P.V. Ramanamurthy on mridangam and B. Janardan on ghatam.

The repertoire was dotted with traditional Mohana raga varnam, Sitakalyana Vaibhogame in Kuranji, a Panchratnakirtana Endaro Mahanubhavulu in Sriragam, Varaleela Ganalola in Sankarabharanam. The opening was with traditional varnam in Mohana, followed by kritis of Thyagaraja. Their disciplined play with unison reflected a well rehearsed application with all the vainikas playing the compositions with concentration. The panchratna kirtana Endaro… was rightly placed in the second slot after varnam symbolic of significance given to Pancharatna ganam, a must in Thyagaraja Aradhanas. Sara Sara Samarai in Kuntalavarali too was well gone through by the group. When it came to playing Samajavaragamana in Hindolam, lead artiste and guru Anandarajyalakshmi went for a bit of swarakalpana, for a change and relief. Niravadhisukha in Ravichandrika was again a kirtana presentation in combination with others. Alivelu kumari, Pushpa, B. Vani, Santakumari, C. Lakshmi, Sarada, Hemamubuja, Janaki, Srivani, Vijayalakshmi and others were part of this concert.

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