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Divine duet Mysore Manjunath and Nagaraj.
Divine duet Mysore Manjunath and Nagaraj.

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

The Mysore brothers’ recital included a theory lecture.

The local chapter of Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY) headed by S. Vijayakumar, MD, Vijay Nirman Co. Ltd., organised a concert by violinist brothers Manjunath and Nagraj, popularly known as Mysore brothers. Acclaimed as prodigies, today they not only stand as A-grade artistes of Akashvani but are also credited with performances at prestigious Sangeetha Sabhas in and outside the country.

A holder of a doctoral degree in the violin, Mysore Manjunath stands as the first Indian violinist to have performed at the international violinists’ conference at San Diego some time back. Expertly accompanied on the mridangam by B.C. Manjunath also from Mysore and S. Hanumantha Rao on ghatam, they performed in the Prayer Hall of Vignan Vihara Residential School at Gudilova in the port city.

After explaining the basics of theory and practice of Carnatic music including the wide adaptability of the western instrument violin, they started their recital playing Mohana varnam. Then, they went on to play a composition of GNB in Saraswathi and an expansively expatiated version of Eduta Nilachithe of Tyagaraja (Sankarabharanam). It concluded on a scintillating note with the thani executed on the percussion instruments.

The welcome address was given by M. Sai Manoj and the vote of thanks by P.S.R.M. Vivek Vardhan, both Std X students.


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