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Sadasiva Sastri’s rendition steeped with devotion

Sadasiva Sastri was supported on vocals by his daughter Kuchibholta Aparna.  

Vidwan Pappu Sadasiva Sastri, a well known vocalist with a diploma in music has specialised in rendering and composing devotional keertanas of various famous vaggeyakaras, where his dedication to Tallapaka Annamacharya’s kirtanas is well known.

He formed a group of more than 30 young singers, taught them kirtanas of Annamayya, Ramadas, Purandara das, Narayana Teerdha and several others and continues to give programmes in different temples each week in and around Vijayawada.

Speaking in the brief meeting that preceded his concert, vidwans Modumudi Sudhakar, music producer in Vijayawada Akashvani and K.S. Govindarajan, principal of the Music College praised Sastri’s dedicative efforts to propagate devotional compositions.

In his two-hour concert, Sadasiva Sastri presented a sumptuous treat of devotional music rendering nearly 20 bhakthi kirtanas of various vaggeyakaras with devotional involvement and immensely pleasing the audience.

The programme was a part of the monthly cultural programmes conducted in the college by the Music College and Andhra Pradesh Bhasha Samskritika Sangham jointly. Sastri had a sincere and a devotional approach towards the literary contents of the kirtanas without going for any manodharmam aspects. Some of the highly pleasing items in his concert were Chaduvula talli (raga Saraswathi), Samba Sada Siva (Bhairavi), Vade Venkatadri (Vasanta), Saranu Saranu (Kuntalavarali), Itade Parabramhamu (Bhageswari), Kamala Nayana (Janjhooti), Ghora Duritamulache (Sivaranjani), Ghummanjyedi Sruti (Poorvikalyani), Kolani dopariki (Madhyamavathi) and Jaganmohanakara (Mohana).

He was supported on vocals by his daughter Kuchibhotla Aparna. Fine orchestral support came from K. Murali Mohan (violin), Davuluri Veerabhadra Rao (harmonium), M.Vijayakumar (mridangam) and Ch. Chittibabu (tabla).

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