Aradhana concerts

Aradhana concerts

Aradhana concerts

Many organisations conducted the Purandara and Tyagaraja Aradhana in the city last week. One such institution Sri Raghavendra Seva Samithi, Sudhindranagara, celebrated the Sri Purandara Dasa Punya Dina Mahotsava for 11 days with both Karnatic and Hindustani music and discourses.

Popular singer Sangeetha Katti is well known both in classical and light classical music. A disciple of Pandith Basavaraja Rajaguru, she is continuing her training under none other than Kishori Amonkar and is also a recipient of few awards, including Rajyotsava Award.

In the Purandara music festival, Sangeetha Katti sang a number of Devaranamas of different Haridasas. “Nillabekaiah Krishnaiah” in the raga Kalavathi, followed by the ugabhoga “Malagi Paramadaradi”. Another Ugabhoga, “Purva Janmada” and the pada “Yarene Maduvaru” – had their lively spell. “Enna Paliso Karunakara” and “Muruthiyanu Nilliso” – both are favourites of connoisseurs. With her rich voice and lively presentation, Sangeetha Katti pleased the connoisseurs. She also presented – Ksheerabdi Kannike, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma, Karava Mugida and Raghavendra Gururaja etc., stressing the lyrical beauty also. Udayraj Karpoor and Madhusudhan Koppa on tabla, Panchakshari Hiremath on harmonium and Rajesh Padiyar on thaala accompanied the vocalist.

Nadajyothi festival

Nadajyothi Sri Tyagarajaswamy Bhajana Sabha has been conducting music festival from last 50 years, to mark the composers’ day (Purandara Dasa and Trinity), in association with the Malleswaram Arya Vysya Sangha. This year, apart from music concerts, ‘Goshti Gayana’ of ‘Pancharatna Krithis’ and awards presentation were also held at Sri Kannikaparameswari Temple, Malleswara.

Sikkil Gurucharan, who gave a vocal recital in the Naada Jyothi Festival, hails from a reputed musicians’ family. He was initiated to music by Vaigal Gnana Skandan and continued with B Krishna Murthy, but was moulded by Sikkil Sisters. He has been awarded by the Music Academy, Chennai, as the ‘Best Concert Award’ during last December music season.

Gurucharan’s vocal recital took off on a bright note. He started with a familiar varna – ‘Evari Bodha’ – in style. ‘Intaka Nanenda’ was rendered with vintage flavour. The brief alapana of Kaanada stood out for its sweet ‘raga bhava’. When listeners were anticipating a familiar composition, he chose “Mamava Sada Jananee”, a fine composition of Swati Tirunal. The nerval and swara were complementary to the composition ‘Palayamam’. So also Kalyani kruthi of Swathi Tirunal pulsated with its innate raga bhava. H K Venkatram on violin, responded well and shared the honours with K U Jayachandra Rao on mridanga and Sukanya Ramgopal on ghata.

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