Taking one back in time

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 S P Balasubramanyam and Manjula Gururaj.

Finally, he offered the evergreen song Naguvudanu Kaliyuveya to Manjula Gururaj which launched her glorious musical career.

Recently, the vivacious singer celebrated 25 years in the industry. To commemorate her fulfiling career, Ranjini Kalakendra held a musical evening Madhura Yaana Manjula Gaana at Palace Grounds, which took the audience on a voyage of evergreen Kannada songs. 

Manjula started the musical evening with her debut song Naguvudanu Kaliyuveya from the film Rowdy Raja. After rendering the song, she felicitated Joe Simon, the director who had given her a break.

She performed the song Toori Barutana Chandrama Noda, a folk-style lullaby from the National Award-winning movie Chinnari Mutta. Veteran actress Jayanti, National Award-winning actress Tara and Pavitra Lokesh also greeted Manjula on the occasion. Popular South Indian composer, Ganesh from Shankar Ganesh duo; acclaimed singers Vani Jairam and P B Shrinivas also performed and electrified the mood of the concert.

When S P Balasubramanyam stepped on to the stage, the audience was very excited and even sang along with him. The most popular playback singers of their time, SPB and Manjula did not disappoint the gathering. They entertained the masses with their popular duets — Jeeva Neenu Bhava Nanu, Giri Navilu Ello, Hrudayadali Idenidu and Pritiyalli Iro Sukha Gotte Iralilla.

Shashidhar, a fan of Manjula  says, “I simply love her captivating voice. She makes a perfect pitching and her pronunciation is very clear.”  The programme ended with Manjula singing the much-awaited song Olage Seridare Gundu.

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