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Thyagaraja Aaradhana: Soulful renditions

Thyagaraja Pancharatna seva. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Thyagaraja Pancharatna seva. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam   | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

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Hundreds of concerts by artistes worldwide celebrated Thyagaraja Aaradhana in Vizag.

Nadam, the primordial sound of life uplifts the soul to a serene state of nadayoga which in turn, paves the way for moksha or salvation. The life and works of saint composer Thyagaraja exemplifies it no small measure. Knowledge of music or sangeetha gnanam invariably leads one to bhakthi and then to satsang. Compositions of Thyagaraja carry it in a pervasive manner. These aspects found ample expression in a smorgasbord of concerts in the six-day Thyagaraja aaradhanotsavam at Kalabharati Visakhapatnam.

Thyagaraja Aaradhana Trust has made this a mega annual feature on the cultural calendar of the city for about two decades and has been trying to spread from north coastal districts of Andhra to far flung ones and even abroad, accommodating hundreds of artistes in this mammoth fest of reverence to the saint composer. This year, about 800 artistes presented about 480 concerts in a marathon session of nearly 12 hours a day for six days.

The highlight of the event was a musical feature ‘Sugunabhiramam’ on the inaugural day. It sought to unveil a musical portrayal of Lord Rama, an epitome of righteous living as envisaged by sage Valmiki in his epic Ramayana and portrayed in the great compositions of Thyagaraja. The team under the baton of veena artistes Nishtla Krishnaveni rendered a set of chosen compositions. Each composition laying accent on an attribute of Lord Rama, it musically unveiled myriad virtuous facets of his divine persona. A sprinkle of Sanskrit slokas from Ramayana further enhanced its appeal. This feature opened with Giriraja suta in raga Bangla, followed by Ikshvaku vamsa prabhavo in Chakravakam, Lakshanamulugala in Suddha Saveri, Undedi ramudokkadu in Harikambhoji, Vadera daivamu in Pantuvarali, Sudhamadhurya bhashana in Sinduramakriya, Enati nomu phalami in Bhairavi, Raminchuvarevarura in Suposhini, Pariyachakama in Vanaspathi and Karuna elagante in Varali all fit the theme.

Renowned Komanduri Seshadri’s elucidation of Thyagaraja’s music was another noteworthy aspect of the fest. Seasoned artistes like Dwaram Durgaprasada Rao, young artistes B Kanaka Durga Prasad, V Lalita Chandrasekhar and many others presented soulful concerts.

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