Ranjani Govind

BANGALORE: Music aficionados can rework their schedule to go to Mysore, which is all set to pay tribute to the late Maharaja, the musician and composer Jayachamaraja Wadiyar during his birth anniversary. One of the highlights is a three-day music festival in the third week of July at the Jaganmohan Palace. The historic city will concurrently witness another extravaganza as yet more of the city’s illustrious sons, Veena Seshanna, and his grandson, the musician V.N. Rao, would be fondly remembered in Veeneya Bedagu, the annual festival of the Swaramurthy V.N. Rao Memorial Trust. “The trust has instituted national awards in memory of Seshanna and Rao who were court musicians in the royal era. This time we will honour top veena artiste of AIR and Doordarshan, Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan, and vocalist Madurai T.N. Seshagopalan. They will also be given a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each,” says Mysore V. Subramanya, president of the trust. “Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Dharmasthala and A.H. Ramarao, president, National Education Society of Karnataka, will confer the awards during a function at Nada Brahma Sangeeta Sabha on July 18,” he adds.

Veeneya Bedagu will be held on July 17, 18 and 19 and will also include concerts by Rajalakshmi Tirunarayanan, T.N. Seshagopalan; talks on Veena Seshanna and V.N. Rao as musicians and composers; films on the veena maestro and the vocalist’s works with special contribution by H.K. Venkatram, Triveni and Kavitha Saralaaya.

There will be lectures and musical sessions by S.C. Sharma, and demonstrations of the veena veteran and his grandson’s varnas, kritis and tillanas by Rajalakshmi, R.N. Tyagarajan and R.N. Taranathan and Sukanya Prabhakar.