Thyagaraja festival at Tirupati

TIRUPATI, JUNE 16. The title `Sapthagiri Sangeetha Vidwan Mani' will be conferred on the veteran vocalist M.S. Balasubramanya Sarma at the `sadas' to be held here on July 29 as part of the Thyagaraja Festival. This was decided at the festival committee meeting held under the presidentship of Dr. P. Krishnaiah, Executive Officer, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams. Dr. Krishnaiah referred to the contribution of Sarma for over six decades to the cause of Carnatic music. Ms. V.S. Rama Devi, Governor of Karnataka, will confer the title. The award carries a gold medal, a citation, a shawl and a cash award of Rs. 5,000 (annually given by Mr. Obul Reddy).

As in the past few years, on the inaugural day, July 25, the idols of Lord Kodhandaramaswami and other deities will be brought in a procession to the Thyagaraja Temple premises.

A number of music and dance concerts and lecture demonstrations will be held. The inaugural concert will be by P. Unnikrishnan. Senior artistes such as T.N. Krishnan, Nookala, Sikkil Sisters, Hyderabad Sisters, Prapancham Sitaram, Pudukottai Krishnamurthy, Parur M.S. Anantharaman and sons, Aruna Sayeeram and upcoming artistes such as Geetha Rajasekhar, Lakshmi Rangarajan, Geetha Krishnamurthy, V.N. Padmini, Ranjani Gayathri Sisters, Pantula Rama, T.S. Sathyavathi, Dwaram Lakshmi, Balakrishna Prasad, Padmavathy, Sridevi and Gayathri Venkataraghavan will also perform. There will be two dance programmes and a harikatha performance by Bhaskara Sarma and nadaswaram recital by Vaduvur Krishnamurthi.

Messrs. M. Krishnaswami, Chairman, Sri Thyagaraja Trust, and K.V. Ranganathan, general secretary, thanked the Executive Officer for his help.