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Navarathri celebration

Navarathri was celebrated in the City by temples, religious institutions and also by cultural and social organisations with fervour. Special decorations, religious and cultural activities and dolls exhibition were organised in all parts of the City.

The Sosale Vyasaraja Mutt conducted the Sharannavarathri at its premises at the Benne Govindappa Road, with bhajan, discourses and music concerts. Inspired by the divine atmosphere in front of the sanctum sanctorum of Prasanna Varada Srinivasa, S Shankar, senior vocalist, gave a fine vocal concert here last week.

A recipient of ‘Sangeetha Vidyanidhi’ title from the JSS Sangeetha Sabha, Shankar is also a well known teacher. In the current concert, his selection and presentation – both impressed the audience. For instance “Indu Enage Govinda,” the only available composition of Raghavendra Swamiji, was rendered with good feeling. Bhairavi alapana was brief but sparkling. ‘Durga Devi’ was a familiar keerthane in the old Mysore, few decades back. ‘Ninna nodi Dhanyanadeno’ added further validity to Shankar’s musical acumen, by the meaningful Nerval (Kanthu Janaka Kelo Enna Antarangadaseyanna) and lively swara. With his rich voice he sang few more compositions like – Ambavani, Manave Mantralaya, Krishna Nee begane baro, Maarajanaka Chaturanana and a thillana of Veena Seshanna neatly. He concluded his fine concert with a mangala of Vidya Prasanna Teertha Swamiji. He was accompanied on violin by S Yashasvi, on mridanga by V Krishna and on ghata by R Satya Kumar and by K S Giridhar (co-singer).


‘Keshavakalpa,’ the other institution, celebrated the Navarathri through cultural programmes and provided opportunities for budding artistes in both music (classical and sugam sangeeth) and dance (Bharathanatya and group dance).

Sumedini, who gave a Bharathanatya recital, is the daughter and the disciple of A N Sudhir Kumar, senior dancer.  A class five student, she opened her programme with the Pushpanjali (raga Naata), followed by a jathiswara in Saveri. She performed two devaranamas (Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma and Alli Nodalu Rama) with ease and good expression. Sumedini concluded with a thillana in Dhanasri and can reach great heights with higher training.

Confident singer

The dance was followed by a vocal recital by Dhanya Dinesh Rudrapattana, who has been groomed by Shantha Narasimhan and Geetha Vasanth.

Besides distinctions in examinations, Dhanya has several prizes to her credit. The opening varna ‘Mathe’ (Muthaiah Bhagavathar) held out hopes of a delectable programme. She saluted to the invocatory God through “Gajavadana Beduve.”

She elaborated the “Kamakshee Kamakoti” evocatively and also included the popular devotional “Yadavaraya Brindavanadolu” also. She sings effortlessly. Arjun Kumar and Sampath Kumar Sharma were in charge of violin and mridanga, respectively.

Dasara performances

The Shanthala Arts Trust, Yeshwanthpur, presented Bharathanatya, Kuchipudi and folk dances, during the Dasara festival. Thousands of dolls exhibited by K R Padmaje, attracted a large gathering, every day.

Students of Saptaswara Arts and Creations presented Bharatanatya and folk dances under the direction of Manjula Paramesh. Their ‘Thattu-Mettu’ is equally steady as evidenced in the “Shringa Puradheeswari”. “Chellidaru Malligeya” was presented with popular appeal. Though they performed with ease their facials had their limitations.

Harmonium solo

A 15-day long religious and cultural festival is organised at the “Sri Avani Sringeri Jagadguru Shankaracharya Maha Samsthana Sharada Peeta”, Mahalakshmipura, which will conclude on Tuesday (October 30). Apart from senior musicians, music concerts by young artistes is also arranged, under the direction of Sri Abhinava Vidyashakara Bharathi Maha Swami. Veteran artistes were also felicitated on the occasion.

C Ramadas who gave a solo harmonium recital on Friday, is a ‘A grade’ musician of All India Radio and a seasoned artiste.

He was well supported by H M Smitha on violin, M T Rajakesari on mridanga and Phanindra Bhaskara on ghata. “Sudhamayee” was more reposeful to give a head start. ‘Entha Muddo’ was another evocative composition with lilting melody. But it was ‘Nagumomu’ with alapana, nerval and fluent swara, which pleased the gathering. It was lively and his control over the instrument was evident throughout. Tail enders –Jagadoddarana and Bhagyada Lakshmi – were also enjoyable.

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