'Geethotsava 2011' off to colourful start in city

Two-day light music fest promises host of events for music connoisseurs

Soothing: Vocalists rendering a light music song at the inaugural of Sugama Sangeetha Sammelana, ‘Geethotsava - 2011’ at Kalamandira, in Mysore on Saturday. (L-R) Minister S A Ramdas, President of the Sammelana Shyamala Jagirdar, poet Channaveera kanavi, Chandrakanth Bellad, Y K Muddukrishna and Zilla Panchayat Vice-president Dr Shivaram are seen. dh Photo

The weekend would provide one of the best treat ever for the connoisseurs of light music with musical programmes  lined up till Sunday evening.

Though, the inaugural event witnessed a lukewarm response, music lovers thronged the venue for the musical evening.

Singers Shimoga Subbanna, Y K Muddukrishna, Srinivasa Udupa, Kikkeri Krishnamurthy, Vinay Kumar, Malathi Sharma, P A Mangala and S Sunitha enthralled the participants with the compositions of P Kalinga Rao- Mysore Ananthaswamy and C Ashwath trio in the ‘Keli Nimma Haadu’ section, while K Mallanna, Ambaiah Nuli, K M Kusuma, Vrunda and Rashmi Manjunath joined Shimoga Subbanna troupe for ‘Geetha Gayana’, the day’s last programme.

The ‘Navashodha’ and ‘Kavichithra Gayana’ also mesmerised the audience earlier in the day.

Noted singer Shyamala Jagirdar is presiding over the sammelana.

Institute National award

In her address, Shyamala sought the Centre’s support for the light music on the lines of the classical music.

“The state government has instituted the ‘Santa Shishunala Award’ to promote the light music artists. The Union Government can follow suit and institute a national award after P Kalinga Rao, in a bid to encourage the light music and make it more popular,” she remarked.

Music, a divine gift

“The fine arts has a special place in the world and music is one of the divine gift to man. Sugam Sangeet singers like P Kalinga Rao, C K Tara, H R Leelavathi, H S Anasuya, and S K Vasumathi inspired many artistes like me.

The composers and singers play a key role in nurturing good audience who can appreciate good music. Today, it appears scores of musical instruments was prevailing on the rhythm and song. The light music with Tabala, Veene and Harmonium in the past still holds the beauty of music,” she opined and urged the parents to train their wards in light music from good teachers rather than learning from CDs and cassettes as is trend these days.

She said that it was good indication that the light music received a good response and was on a path of growth recently. The Kannada language has also received a boost from it, she added.

Inauguration

Poet and Nadoja Prof Channaveera Kanavi, who inaugurated the two-day Sammelana, called upon the musicians to innovate in the field of music.

The society asks for novelty today. The light musicians and singers should innovate to bring about positive changes, Kanavi said. 

District In-charge and Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas, singers Y K Muddukrishna and others were present.

Earlier, the president of two-day musical event and other guests were brought to the venue in a colourful chariot in a  procession. Folk artistes staging Dollu Kunitha accompanied the inaugural rally. Mayor Sandesh Swamy flagged off the procession and took a ride till Kalamandir with Shyamala.

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