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Keshava Kalaratna

The Keshava Samskruthi Sabha is catering to the cultural needs of the ISRO Layout residents through dance and music programmes, from last 11 years. On the occasion of its 11th anniversary, a two-day cultural programme was organised last week.

Senior danseuse Leela Ramanathan was felicitated with the title ‘Keshava Kalaratn
a’ and veteran musician Belakavadi Rangaswamy Iyengar (90), was honoured with the title.

The last programme of the festival was a vocal recital by Prof  Mysore Nagamani Srinath.  While R. Chandrika gave the vocal support, young B Vittalrangan, senior A V Anand and M  Gururaj accompanied on violin, mridanga and morching respectively.

A brisk ‘Bhuvinidasudane’ gave Nagamani a bright start and the next ‘Dayarani Dayarani’ was also lively. Both were rendered with brief swara. It was followed by ‘O Jagadamba’, a self composed composition with chitteswara in the raga Hindola. Its melodic grace was enhanced by several lively phrases.

Ragalapana was embellished by several enlivening sangathies for ‘Abhimaanato’ revealing her depth of technique and imagination. The concluding devaranama ‘Rogaharane Kripakarane’ was also pleasing.

Ganasudha Academy

Members of the Ganasudha Academy gave a Sugama Sangeetha programme at the Dr  H N  Kalakshetra,  Jayanagar, under the auspices of the Bangalore Lalithakala Parishat. It was directed by S Somasundaram, recipient of Karnataka Sangeetha Nritya Academy award.

They opened the programme with a divine song of D R Bendre ‘Jayadeva Sri Ganapathiraya’ impressively and continued with ‘Prakruthiya Guru’ of Dr Siddaiah Puranik. Kannada Devaranama ‘Devaki Nandana Hari Vasudeva’ with the prelude of a Uga Bhoga ‘Malagi Paadalu’ was also pleasing. ‘Left Right Left’ of Dr P T Narasimhachar, is an unusual Kannada lyric. They also sang few folk songs like – ‘Malleyappa Maleraya,’  ‘Thavaru maneya jyothi’ – apart from vachanas (‘Neerige Naidile Shringara’).

Nijaguna Shiva Yogi’s  ‘Nodalagade Deva’ – is a welcome addition to the concert repertoire. They sang in unison and they deserve more encouragement. Pradeep on harmonium, H B  Jayaram on keyboard, M C  Srinivas on tabla and Shashidhar on rhythm pad – accompanied with good understanding.

Budding artiste

Meena Murthy, who gave a veena recital for the Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mission, is a disciple of R K  Suryanarayana and has completed her vidwath exam and is continuing her practice under D Balakrishna.

Opening with ‘Evaribodha,’ the familiar varna, she saluted to invocatory God through ‘Siddi Vinayakam.’  Though one felt that it was slow than necessary, the swara at once acquired a special delight. ‘Nagumomu’ is always a favourite of listeners. She played a number of devotionals like ‘Karedare Barabarade,’ ‘Hari Sarvothama’ (Kamalesha Vittala), ‘Tunga Teera Viharam,’ etc. which suited the occasion. A Naguma (Keervani) of Venkatagiriyappa, was a pleasant addition.

The concert was no doubt proof of her growing confidence, and with some more higher training and stage experience, can reach great heights.

The concluding Thillana (Shivaranjini) and devaranamas (‘Thamburi Meetidava’ and ‘Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma’) – were also rendered with good feeling. B N Ramesh and Nataraj – accompanied on mridanga and ghata respectively.

Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mission conducted the Aradhana of Raghavendra Swamy with discourse, religious rituals and music (vocal, veena, flute) concerts at its premises, at Indiranagar.

Mysore Subramanya

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