Musical evening in memory of Kashi Sundaradasaru on Feb 2

Musical evening in memory of Kashi Sundaradasaru on Feb 2

He will be accompanied by Mysore R Dayakara on the violin, Vidvan  C. Cheluvaraj on the Mridanga and Vidushi Sukanya Ramagopal on the Ghata at Veene Seshanna Bhavana, Adichunchanagiri  Road, Kuvempunagar, Mysore  at 6:00 p m. The concert is open to all the music lovers of Mysore. Kashiya Sundararaja Dasaru was a unique Kannadiga. Born in down South this Kannadiga could not read or write in Kannada. This celibate saintly person settled down eight decades ago  on the banks of the Ganges and studied Dasa Kritis through Tamil Script! 

Inspite of his crippling poverty , Sundararaja Dasar apart from rendering help to the more impoverished  members of the society, propagated  the Dasa Sahitya among the South Indians of Banares and also celebrated ‘Purandaradasa Aradhana ‘ every year including Oonchavritthi  for  nearly five decades   at his own cost until his death. Some of the admirers of Dasar who were teaching at the Banares Hindu University have been gracious enough to begin the sponsorship of this memorable event  several years ago and continue to do so on Mouni Amavasya day in particular at Ganabharathi.

Profile of artiste

Vidwan S Shankar has been in the performing  music field for the past four decades. He was initiated into carnatic music by his beloved mother Smt. Rajamma Sastry who was his first Guru.

Later on he was under the advanced tutelage of Smt  Nagarathna Bai and Smt Vallabham  Kalyana Sundaram. He is endowed with a sturdy voice & his rendering of raga is mellifluous & enthralling.

His repertoire consists of the compositions of the Trinity, Swathi Thirunal, Patnam Subrahmanya Iyer, Jayachamarajendra Wodeyer, Mysore Vasudevachar, Mayuram Vishwanatha Sastry, Papanasam Sivan, D.V.Gundappa, Padmacharan & Haidasas. His rendering of shlokas is unique and enthralling too.

He won  first prize in A.I.R. competition in 1973, Best Musician Award by the Bangalore Gayana Samaja & the Best young musician award by The Music Academy, Chennai. He has performed all over the country and at many places in the U.S. He has conducted music workshops at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London & has performed at the venue too.

Further he has performed Jugal Bandhi concerts with well known Hindustani vocalists.  An A grade artiste of AIR and Doordarshan he had participated in the Radio Sangeetha Sammelan during 1992 and 2004 and in the National Programme of Music by AIR and Doordarshan in 1998 and 2007.

Vidvan S Shankar has been decorated with Karnataka Kalashree , Gandharva Vamsha Nidhi titles to name a few. ]

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