Concert Rich tributes by a young brigade of artistes at the ‘Brahmotsavam’. A.D. RANGARAJAN
It was a befitting musical tribute on the glory of Goddess Padmavathi on the occasion of the ‘Kartheeka Brahmotsavams’ that concluded recently in the Tiruchanur temple in Tirupati last week.
Students of Vaageeshwara Sangita Vidyalaya, founded by V. Mythili, gave a spellbinding performance on the day when ‘Rathothsavam’ (car festival) was observed in the temple. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) organised a series of music concerts at the Tiruchanur Asthana Mandapam during the nine-day event, while this one turned out to be different, in the sense that all the participants were school children.
The young brigade of budding artistes viz., V. Mounica, M. Thanushree, C. Sriya, A.R. Vasuprada, M. Bhanuja, P. Brahmani Sthithapragna, M. Chakradhar and M. Gautami mesmerised the audience with their mellifluous rendition of popular devotional numbers.
The 75-minute concert saw eleven songs sung by the artistes, all in praise of Goddess Padmavathi. Hiranmayee in raga Lalitha and Sree Varalakshmi in Raga Sri were composed by Muthuswamy Dikshitar, while the rest were Annamayya kritis such as Kulukaka Nadavaro , Ammamma Yemamma , Choodaramma Sathulara , Garudadri Vedadri , Paluku Thenela Thalli , Pidikita Thalambrala , Jagadapu Janavula , Moosina Muthyalakele .
The concert ended with Ksheerabdhi Kanyakaku , again on Padmavathi, as the concluding ‘Mangalam’ song. Annamacharya Project artiste Somasekhar on tabla and SV Music and Dance College theory lecturer Surendra on violin provided effective accompaniment.
The recently-launched Vidyalaya gave its first public performance at the ‘Nada Neerajana Mandapam’ in front of Tirumala temple during the ‘Navaratri Brahmotsavams’ last month, while the second opportunity came in quick succession during a similar fete at the abode of the Goddess.