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Govind D. Belgaumkar
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M.D. Pallavi renders songs written by Bendre, Rajaratnam, and Kuvempu

Singers Vijaya Prakash (right) and M.D. Pallavi on the final day of the four-day Alva's Virasat at the Shobavana, Mijar, 30 km away from Mangalore on Sunday— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH
Singers Vijaya Prakash (right) and M.D. Pallavi on the final day of the four-day Alva's Virasat at the Shobavana, Mijar, 30 km away from Mangalore on Sunday— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH

The evening was electrifying as singer M.D. Pallavi of Nodayya Kwatelingave fame ennobled the memory of great Kannada lyricists like, Kuvempu, Bendre, G.P. Rajaratnam, K.S. Narasimhaswamy, and composer C. Ashwath, singer Vijay Prakash of Jai Ho fame brought multi-lingual melodies to Alva’s Virasat on Sunday at Mijar, Moodbidri, near here.

If the very arrival of the two singers on the stage for a ceremonial reception enlivened the atmosphere, what followed was absolutely entertaining.

Beginning with Ilidu Ba (Kuvempu), Pallavi delivered with gusto songs such as Naku Thanthi (Bendre), Beldingala Rathrili (Rajaratnam), Amma Naanu (Surdas, translated by H.S. Venkatesh Murthy), and Madikerimel Manju .

When she sang Nodayya Kwatelingave her husband and drummer Arun render drum bols (beats rendered vocally) adding a new touch to it.

‘Understand lyrics’

While offering the K.S. Narasimhaswamy’s Hindina Benchina Hudugaru in qawwali style for the “back-benchers,” she advised students to understand the real meaning of the composition — getting ready to face the challenges that life offers, if not scoring well in the examinations.

Old Hindi melodies she offered included Pehla Pehla Pyar , Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar , and Kadira Mohabbathwala .

Lively interaction

On his part, Vijay Prakash, who frequently got into a conversation with the audience and endeared himself to the vast crowd, offered classical touch with Lat Bolere (Hindi film Yuvaraj, composed by A.R. Rehaman), and a deveranama Baro Krishnaiah and Baje Muralia sung by Bhimsen Joshi and Lata Mangeshkar. Occasionally, launching himself into impromptu dance on the stage, he presented his latest trade-mark song Thund Haikla Sahavasa (from film Drama) and Jai Ho (Slumdog Millainaire).

Other pieces he rendered were Taravalla Tagi Ninna , Noorondu Nenapu , Huttidare Kannada Nadalli , and Kurikolina Somavara Shanivara Kuyyangilla . He rendered Charlie Chaplin’s Smile Though Your Heart Is Aching , and also a Malayalam song.

Memorable duet

The two got together to present Manna Thindu (title song of a popular Kannada serial) and Kodagana Koli Nungitta composed by C. Ashwath.

The four-day mega cultural extravaganza ended with the Dua Space Dance Theatre of Malaysia showcasing an amalgum of modern and traditional dances of their country.

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