Summer cultural fests

LEARNED AUDIENCE Lectures help listeners to understand the nuances of music better.   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: N. SRIDHARAN

Educative lectures on music and appealing Kuchipudi performances were the highlights of recent events.

This summer has so far been kind to Vijayawada, which is known for the intense and blistering heat in the months of May and June. The cultural organisations grabbed this opportunity and organised a few interesting and enlightening programmes.The one that attracted most people was Bharatheeya Sangeeta Parichaya Vedika at Sri Sivaramakrishna Kshetram under the Swarajhari Banner. Never before had the city witnessed such a useful and educative programme. The four-day programme was purely meant to make the audiences aware of different aspects of music. The informative programme helped in making the audiences understand music better and hence become knowledgeable listeners. Many of the performing musicians too badly need such programmes. The demonstrations and lectures that figured in the four day programme were `The impact of folk music on classical music' by veteran folk arts exponent Karnati Lakshminarasaiah, `Music through Computers in modern day music' by Dr. G. Lalitha, `Ragaparichayam' by N. Ch. Butchiacharyulu, `Hindustani music - Sitar' by H. Chandramurthy, `The literary beauties in Thyagaraja's compositions', a scholarly demonstration by Mulukutla Bramhananda Sastri, `Music lessons for the audience' by singer Modumudi Sudhakar, `Music and devotion' by T.S. Ramachandra Rao, `How to listen to a music concert' by the popular vocal duo Malladi brothers Sriramprasad and Ravikumar, `Literary excellence in Ramadas keertanas' by well-known Harikatha exponent Burra Sivaramakrishna Bhagavathar and finally `Music - a soul filling experience' by Malladi Suribabu. All the items received admiration and applause from the audience.

Endearing Kuchipudi dances

A delightful Kuchipudi dance programme was presented at Sivaramakrishna Kshetram. The troupe of Kuchipudi Kalakshetram of Visakhapatnam performed a number of group and solo Kuchipudi items. The programme was organised by Nritya Ravali of Vijayawada, which presents dance programmes once a month. The thoroughly trained troupe put on an excellent show marked by good tempo, fine synchronisation and crisp footwork. The items presented were Jayamu Jayamu the invocatory item performed by Kiranmayi, Viswasanti and Swarnalata, Apsarasa Nrityam presented by the afore mentioned artistes along with Himabindu, Sivashtakam effectively performed by Subbaraju. Marakata Manimaya Chela - a beautiful composition of Uttukadu Venkata Subbaiyer, excellently performed by talented Himabindu who also showed her expertise while dancing on the plate a Kuchipudi speciality. The Ramayana Sabdam presented by Subbaraju, Viswasanti and Himabindu was anther attractive item. Himabindu showed her abhinaya skills amply in the Annamayya composition Kulukaka Nadavaro. The programme came to a close with scintillating Thillana in raga Putrika performed by Viswasanti, Subbaraju and Kiranmayi. Natyacharya Hari Ramamurthy who trained the dancers also rendered the nattuvangam effectively. Good vocal support was provided by experienced singer D.V. Kanakadurga. Fitting instrumental support came from Kantilal (mridangam), N.Ch. Butchiacharyulu (violin), Achuta Rao (flute).P. SURYA RAO