Staff Correspondent

Two-day cultural festival of dance and music begins today

  • Venue is Virupaksha temple premises
  • Ballet to be presented by troupes from Bangalore, Bellary

    BELLARY: For the second year in succession, the State Government has organised Purandara Utsav, a two-day cultural festival of dance and music to celebrate the aradhana of Sri Purandaradasa, the poet-saint, at Hampi from January 19.

    Well-known musicians from different parts of the State, including Kurudi Venkannachar, Rudrapattnam Ramakant, R.N. Srilatha, H.K. Narayan, Ambaiah Nuli, T.S. Satyavati, and those from the district, including Chidanand Gawai, "Nadoja" Subhadramma Mansur and Vijaya Kishore, would pay musical tributes to the poet-saint.

    The aradhana falls on "Pushya Bahula Shudda Amavasya" and is being celebrated at Hampi regularly.

    During the Vijayanagar period, the poet-saint was in Hampi and had composed several poems. A mantap on the banks of river Tungabhadra, near the Vijay Vittala temple complex housing the world-famous stone chariot and musical pillars, is named after Purandaradasa as it is believed that he spent most of his time at the stone mantap.

    A team of musicians from Chennai, led by V.L. Sudarshan, will render the Purandaradasa kirtanas, as witnessed during the Tyagaraja aradhana mahotsava. These musicians have composed the songs on the same ragas as Tyagaraja's "pancharatna kirtana" and will sing at the Purandara Mantap.


    Home Minister M.P. Prakash will inaugurate the celebrations. Tourism Minister B. Sriramulu is the chief guest.

    H.R. Gaviyappa, Hospet MLA, will preside over the function to be held on Virupaksha temple precincts at 4 p.m. on Friday, followed by music programmes. On Saturday, music programmes will continue at the same venue. Ballet will be presented by troupes from Bangalore and Bellary. Journalist M. Nagaraja Rao will deliver the valedictory address. Raja Achyutdevaraya, the scion of royal family, Sri Sangana Basava Swami of Kottur Math and Sri Dayanandpuri Swami of Gayatri Peetha, Hampi, are among the chief guests.