A three-day festival saw young performers stealing the show.

Visakha Music Academy organised its annual three-day mini festival of music and dance for young artistes (including accompanying artistes) last week at Kalabharati. The music rendition started with a 90-minute vocal recital by K.S.S. Govind. He was accompanied by M. Sriramya on violin and P. Jayadev on mridangam.

Starting with the Saveri varnam, he rendered Vaatapi (Hamsadhvani), Annapurne (Saama), Sriramapaadamaa (Amrithavarshini), Kaasivasalakshi (Purvikalyani) with aalapana and swaram, Devadideva (Sindhuramakriya), Manasuswadheenamaina (Sankarabharanam) elaborately with alapana, neravu and swaram and concluded with Maavallagaadamma (Maund). He was not wanting in fulfilling all systematic aspects of the format of a concert, but could do much better in sruthi, laya and the attributes of the swaras.

M.P.S. Ravali sang next with fine finesse in the able company of H. Ramacharan on violin and P. Jayadev on mridangam. Rendering Paridaanamitchithe (Bilhari) with aalapana and swaram and Kaddanuvaariki expansively as the main item, she held high promise to become an expert like her mother Sudharani.

The following evening witnessed knowledgeable and evocatively engaging recitals, vocals by Moola Srilatha in the able company of G. Chandramouli on violin with M. Edukondalu on mridangam and saxophone by D. Manmadharao of Narasnnapeta ably accompanied on violin by G. Gnanadev and M.S. Prasadarao of Amadalavalasa on mridangam. Rendering of Chaalakallalaadukonna (Aarabhi) elaborately and Yetaavunara (Kalyani) as the main item stood out surfacing Srilatha’s concern for aesthetic artistry in the exposition of classical nuances. Similar was the impression left by Manodharma playing the western instrument with remarkable dexterity and knowledge rendering of Durmargacharadhamula (Ranjani) with ragam and swaram and expansively expatiating Nidhichaalasukhama (Kalyani) next.