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Light music veteran to be felicitated this weekend

Special Correspondent
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With Upasana Trust, which popularises Kannada light music, all set to celebrate the 75th birthday of renowned sugama sangeetha singer Shimoga Subbanna, music lovers are in for a daylong musical treat here on December 16.

The celebrations start at 6 p.m. the previous day when Subbanna will be felicitated. He will then lead a performance.

Sunday will be a day of songs with Subbanna’s daughter-in-law Archana Udupa, herself a singer, setting the tenor.

The valedictory programme will be attended by poet H.S. Venkatesha Murthy, Lahari Tulasirama Naidu (Velu), Ramanashree Group director S. Shadakshari and Swan Line director Satish. Again at 7.30 p.m., Rameshchandra, Upasana Mohan, Pancham Halibandi, Vidya Murthy, Varsha Suresh and Meghana Bhat will render light music.

The programme is supported by Kannada and Culture Department and sponsored by Nirman Shelters, Satish Swan Line, Hi-Tech Leather Garments, Ramanashree Group and Nisarga Enterprises.

Subrahmanya to Subbanna

Born on December 14, 1938 to Ganesh Rao and Ranganayakamma, G. Subrahmanya was mostly educated in Shimoga where his father was working with the Forest Department.

He learnt the basics of music from paternal grandfather Shamanna, Rama Jois and M. Prabhakar as a young boy.

Fame

Subbanna shot to fame after getting a National Award for playback singing in Kaadu Kudure in 1979.

Thereafter, he moved to Bangalore and started practising law.

He worked as State government pleader and Central government standing counsel. Even today Subbanna continues to work as a notary public.

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