Hailing from poor tribal families, Thotakura Bhavani, 13, and her cousin T Vijaya Laxmi, 13, class VIII students of the mandal parishad upper primary school at Siddaram in Sattupalli mandal, have carved out a niche for themselves in recitation of Dasarathi and Vemana satakams.
They have so far staged 13 performances featuring literary avadhanams including the latest one – Dasarathi Sataka Ashtavadhanam - as part of the ongoing five-day Sri Bhakta Ramadasa Aradhanotsavam in Nelakondapalli, the birthplace of legendary saint composer Kancherla Gopanna, popularly known as Bhakta Ramadasa, on Monday night.
The child prodigies earned wide accolades from not only their teachers but also from music lovers and connoisseurs alike for espousing the cause of the Telugu language as well as spearheading a literary campaign to treasure the vibrant literary heritage of Nelakondapalli.
"They recited all the 103 poems of Dasarathi Satakam, written by Bhakta Ramadasa in praise of Lord Rama, with remarkable ease in perfect rhythm and expression during the Ashtavadhanam held in Nelakondapalli. They are gifted singers with amazing memory power and vocal skills,” remarked B. Madhusudhan Raju, Headmaster, UPS, Siddaram, Sattupalli.
“Our school teacher M Malathi nurtured their talents after noticing their penchant for singing,” he said adding that the poor girls were excelling in both academic as well as literary pursuits.
Although, the two girls staged more than a dozen performances all over the district on occasions like Telugu Sahithi Vaarotsavalu, their illiterate parents could not afford to view their programmes due to abject poverty, he said.
The child prodigies regaled the audience comprising literary stalwarts and music exponents with their melodious voice and spontaneity in recitation of poems of the whole Dasarathi Satakam during their Ashtavadhanam in Nelakondapalli, noted S Radhakrishna Murthy, the chairman of the Sri Bhakta Ramadasa Vidwat Kala Peetham. They need further encouragement to spearhead the literary campaign for promoting moral values as enshrined in Dasarathii Satakam and preserving the glorious literary and cultural heritage of Nelakondapalli.
Bhavani and her cousin Vijaya Laxmi performed Dasarathi Sataka Ashtavadhanam at Nelakondapalli on Monday night