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Annamacharya Sankirtanotsavam: Aural delight

G. Balakrishna Prasad of TTD Annamacharya Project giving a vocal concert at Annamayya Sankeerthanotsvam at Seethammadhara Shiridi Sai Mandir in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V.Subrahmanyam  

A three-day Annamacharya Sankirtanotsavam was organized on an impressive note on the precincts of Shiridi Sai Mandiram Seethammadhara, Visakhapatnam. It is pleasant to see a string of Nedunuri Krishnamurthy’s disciples render the chosen sankirtans with devotional passion. It offered a rare treat for the classy tunes set by redoubtable Sripada Pinakapani, Nedunuri Krishnamurthy, Malladi Suribabu and others came alive reflecting the distinct charms of different maestros that set those immortal sankirtanas to tune. The highlight of the event was the installation of Annamayya statue on the premises. It had been the fond wish of late maestro Nedunuri Krishnamurthy during his last years to have Annamayya statue installed in any of the temples in the city but he could not see it materialize. However, his disciples have got it translated into a reality.

On the inaugural day, Malladi brothers Ramprasad and Ravikumar treated rasikas to a memorable rendition, reflective of their artistic acumen in terms of enunciation of lyrical nuances with clarity and precision. This perfection in articulation stands out in their presentation. The shades of chosen ragas, in sync with lyrical content, combine the devotional fervour in optimum measure in their rendition, making their concert an aural delight. The duo opened their concert with  Sree Ganapatini of Thyagaraja in raga Saurastram. Next they took up Vandeham Jagadvallabham in Hamsadwani. Tuned by Pinakapani, the stately flashes of its distinct phrases found lilting expression setting the tone for the rest.  The duo looked at their evocative best, both individually and together. The raga essays were simply superb. Ravikumar’s raga essay for raga Ritigoula and that of Ramprasad for raga Ranjani mirrored their manodharma and their imaginative dexterity.

Mavuduri Satyanarayana Sarma on violin and Vankayala Venkataramana Murthy on mridangam lent admirable support. Later, Garimella Balakrishna Prasad presented  “ Ade chudare mohana rupam  in Mohana,  Kanti Sukravaramu in  Anandabhairavi,  Aatade brahmanya daivamu  in Madhyamavati, Deva devam bhaje in Hindola etc in his typical style. Chaitanya brother’s impressive concert capped the event. True to the spirit of Nedunuri’s instruction, the duo sang the chosen numbers with devotional passion. Their fare included Talapulonane in Aarabhi, Itatadevatala in Bahudari,  Phalanetranala in Sri ragam  Nanati bathuku in Revati  and   Saranamaham in MandV Lalitha Chandrasekhar, K Saraswathi Vidyarthi and Chaitanya brothers Varanasi Venkateswara /sarma and Bukkapatnam Krihnamachari were the other artistes who performed in this event. Perala Bala Murali Krishna’s compering lent a poetic sparkle to the event, hosted by Nada Sudha Tarangini.

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