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FOR MUSIC LOVERS: Carnatic vocalists performing at a programme organised by Sangeeta Sanmandali in Vijayawada on Saturday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
FOR MUSIC LOVERS: Carnatic vocalists performing at a programme organised by Sangeeta Sanmandali in Vijayawada on Saturday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

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A galaxy of musicians makes audience delightful

VIJAYAWADA: Divinity engulfed the precincts of Ghantasala Venkateswara Rao Government Music College with scores of musicians, sporting silk robes, walked in. Humility dominated their persona even as each of them cleared his/her throat.

Saturday morning's sunrays just then began ascending the heat. Music lovers from every nook and cranny of the city reached there to have themselves drenched in the powerful shower of "Tyagaraja pancharatna" keertanas, organised as part of 'Tyagaraja Swamy Aaradhanotsavam' by Sangeeta Sanmandali.

Melodious rendition

When almost a couple of hundred musicians unveiled the magic of their tones to set positive vibes all over the area with their melodious rendition of 'Jagadaananda Kaarakaa,' Tyagaraja would have indeed showered his celestial blessings on them.

Senior musicians Ayyagari Syamasundar, his wife, Jayalakshmi, Pemmaraju Surya Rao, Malladi Suri babu, Malladi brothers (Sriram Prasad and Ravi Kumar) and Annavarapu Ramaswamy set the tone for the musical gala.

It's a feast

Maestros and exponents in vocal and instrumental music provided a feast to the ears of music lovers in the city. Waving their hands in the air while counting the 'taalam' with their nimble fingers, the vocalists spelt every 'gamakam' with perfection. Exponents of instruments - Veena, violin and mridangam -- competed with the vocalists in taking the ensemble's zest for music to its crescendo.

By the time the musicians began the second keerthana, 'Dudukoogala..,' the rendition attained a renewed vigour.

The musicians did the magic with so much of alacrity that none of them missed a 'shruthi' or 'taalam'.

Continuing the saga, they swung on to sing the third keertana in the row - 'Saadhinchave..,' followed by 'Kanakana ruchiraa... ' A little pause. Then began the all-too-familiar 'Endaro mahaanubhaavulooo... '

By singing the last keertana, each of the musicians - men, women and children -- indeed saluted their peers with great adoration for their talent.


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