Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Andhra Music Academy is conducting its second annual Vaggeyakara Festival here from Saturday to July 16.

Though the lyrics of Carnatic music were penned in Telugu by the famous Vaggeyakaras like Tyagarja, Syama Sastry and Annamayya to enrich its sweetness and classical nature, people and the then rulers encouraged and sustained the music and one of the reasons behind organising the Vaggeyakara Festival was to make our people, particularly youngsters, understand the greatness of the music, noted musician and adviser to the Andhra Music Academy Nedunuri Krishnamurthy said.

“The culture, life and dharma are reflected in the lyrics of these great saint composers and every Telugu person must enjoy the music and practice the dharma it explains”, Mr. Krishnamurthy said. There is immense talent in Andhra Pradesh but the youngsters lack encouragement and guidance. This festival and the annual music and dance festival being held in Hyderabad every year along with the Sarada Sangeetostavams being conducted at different places in the State are an opportunity for the talented youngsters to learn more, he said. The academy is also conducting regular free music classes in Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad.

Every year, it confers the Sangeeta Vidyanidhi and Natya Vidyanidhi titles on eminent musicians and dancers.

Satguru K. Sivananda Murty of Bheemunipatnam will inaugurate the festival at the Kalabharathi on Saturday. Each day will be dedicated to five Vaggeyakaras - Syama Sastry on the first day, Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer, Swati Tirunal, Mysore Vasudevachar and Purandardas on the second day, Tyagaraja on the third day, and Annamacharya and Bhatkhande on the fourth and final day. Eminent Carnatic and Hindustani musicians would participate , said joint secretary G. Prabhakar. The academy wanted the young musicians and students to attend it. The entry is free. Academy trustees R. Raghavendran and Ch. Muralikrishna were present.