ANDHRA PRADESH

A step forward in blending s angeetam with dhyanam

Unique effort:A file photo of vocalist Pantula Rama in concert in VisakhapatnamC.V.SubrahmanyamC.V.Subrahmanyam

Unique effort:A file photo of vocalist Pantula Rama in concert in VisakhapatnamC.V.SubrahmanyamC.V.Subrahmanyam  

‘PaRa – the Supreme’ aims at drawing more number of learners, says Pantula Rama

‘PaRa – the Supreme’ movement has been embraced by music aficionados in the city as a step toward blending sangeetam with dhyanam.

The unique no-barrier socio-cultural movement calls for a changed approach to paying attention to Carnatic music as it welcomes not just music aficionados but also those who are not well-versed in music from various quarters and make them fall in love with what they listen to.

After a year-long journey, the movement’s founder and renowned Carnatic vocalist Pantula Rama shares with The Hindu what made her launch the initiative, its objectives and future plans.

With the events ‘Swachh Swar’ and ‘Samarpan’ in Visakhapatnam followed by ‘Spandana’ in Hyderabad receiving tremendous response,

Ms. Rama says that the movement aims at drawing more number of listeners and learners and taking them on a musical plus meditative journey which they have never experienced before.

“Music in any form offers immense benefits to those who practise it. When it is combined with meditation, the result is outstanding. The idea of starting PaRa is to help participants unravel the advantages of music and meditation and help them experience the bliss that I have been experiencing ever since my childhood,” said Ms. Rama.

Along with her husband M.S.N. Murthy, who is also a violinist, PaRa ropes in a team of renowned musicians, students and volunteers who share similar ideas and interests.

Creating awareness on sapta swaras and their variations and introducing the audience to simple techniques of meditation followed by the presentation of a music concert and an interactive session, PaRa brings several elements of music and meditation together and inspires the rasikas to make ‘sangeetam’ and ‘dhyanam’ an intrinsic part of their life.

PaRa’s Vistara is another event where the team heads to schools and propagates diverse genres of music.

So far, two Vistara events were held at Amma Foundation Orphanage, Srikakulam, and Netra Vidyalaya, Bheemunipatnam, and another one is lined up at an orphanage in Simhachalam.

First anniversary

Marking its first anniversary, a day-long programme, including quiz, debate, skit and music concert, will be held at Kalabharathi Auditorium on February 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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