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Purandaradasa music festival begins today

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Ranjani and Gayatri, classical singers, will participate in Sri Purandaradasa and Trinity Music Festival in Manipal from February 1 to 3.
Ranjani and Gayatri, classical singers, will participate in Sri Purandaradasa and Trinity Music Festival in Manipal from February 1 to 3.

Ragadhana, an organisation devoted to promotion of classical music, will organise its three-day 25th annual Sri Purandardasa and Trinity Music Festival at the Counselling Hall of Manipal University in Manipal from February 1.

A press release issued here on Thursday said that the festival would begin with “Pillari” songs at 5.30 p.m. on February 1. This would be followed by the inaugural programme at 5.45 p.m. and singing of “Pancharatna kritis” at 6 p.m. This would be followed by a lecture and discussion on “Tradition and experiment in Carnatic music” at 7 p.m. A. Ishwarayya, music critic, would deliver the lecture.

On February 2, there would be a Carnatic vocal concert by Vasudha Keshav and party from Chennai at 5.30 p.m. The final day’s programme would begin with a Carnatic vocal concert by Jyotilakshmi and party from Udupi at 10 a.m. This would be followed by a Hindustani vocal by Harish Hegde Halahalli and party at 11 a.m. In the afternoon session, flautist Krishna Pawan Kumar from Mangalore would perform at 2 p.m., the release said. The valedictory function would be held at 4 p.m. K. Sudhakar Shetty, Deputy Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture, and P. Nityananda Rao, director of Mani Krishnaswamy Academy, Mangalore, would be the chief guests. The programme would conclude with a Carnatic vocal concert by Ranjini-Gayatri and party from Chennai at 5 p.m., the release said.

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