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Haridasa Habba

Haridasas of Karnataka have contributed significantly to both philosophical and music fields of India. ‘Haridasa Sampada Trust’ highlights this every year in the ‘Haridasa Habba’ through lecture, music concerts, bhajan etc. It was held last week under the joint auspices of ‘Dasa Sahitya Project’ of TTD and the public response was also encouraging.
Sripada Hegde rendered the ‘Dasavani’ in the festival on last Monday. A staff of All India Radio, Dharwar, Hegde presented a number of Devaranamas, in the Hindustani style. He sang – “Kande Na Pandari Rayana” blending his voice with shruti and rendition. It was followed by two familiar Padas – ‘Hare Venkatesha’ and ‘Ea Pariya Sobaga’. After ‘Elladi Bandyo Rangaiah’ in the middle tempo the ‘Umakathyayini Gowri’ was pleasing. Accompanied by Gundappa (harmonium), Keshava Joshi and Rajgopal Kallurkar (tabla), he also sang – Parama Purusha Hari, Baro Manege Govinda, Sree Ranganathana Pariya – in the right tempo.

Talented artiste

It was the turn of Thirumale Srinivas, to present the ‘Dasavani’ on Wednesday. He opened his programme with a composition on Ganapathi customarily. ‘Sathatha Gananatha’ in Hamsadwani, gave him a bright start.

Multifarious talented artiste Srinivas presented Devaranamas of different Haridasas like, Purandara Dasaru, Vyasa Rajaru, Jaganatha Dasaru, Guru Govinda Vittala Dasaru, Kanaka Dasaru, Jaganatha Dasaru, which brought variety and colour to the programme. Complimenting his ‘Sishya’ Vyasarayaru composed  “Dasa Rendrare Purundara Dasaraiah”, which Srinivas sang in Shankara Bharana.

He also sang few infrequent Padas like “Pranapathe Nee Salahu”. Adding ragalapana for few, he also rendered swaraprashara for some other compositions. C N Chandra Sekhar on violin, A V Anand on mridanga and M A Krishnamurthy on ghata supported on their respective instruments, while Thirumale Ravi gave the background of each Devaranamas.

Tributes to Athri

G V AthriG V Athri (1964-2000) was known not only as a singer, but also was popular as a composer and organiser. He had won awards for his film play back singing and sugama sangeeth too. In his memory “Sangeetha Ganga” conducts a music festival and presents an award, every year.

 This year’s G V Athri memorial music festival was held on last Friday and Saturday.

In the beginning, tiny tots presented few dance items and pleased the gathering. The first one was on Astalakshmi, followed by ‘Onde Baanu’. The trainees of the music camp sang few songs in unison. “Namana Nimage” of Bagur Markandeya and “Mugilininda Yenu illiyuthide” of N S Lakshmi Narayana Bhat and “Mannadare Kannadare” of Ananda Rao caught the attention of the listeners.

Veena Varuni gave a Veena recital opening with an invocatory piece, followed by a wellknown Purandara Dasara composition “Guruvina Gulamanaguva Thanaka”.
Based on the Keeravani raga they presented ‘Dhruva,’ composed by Rakshith Yogindra, which was evocative and melodious.

Fluid movements

Srujana KaikiniNritya Shilpa presented a dance recital of Srujana Kaikini on Friday, at the Ravindra Kalakshetra. A Student of Guru Kshama Rao, she is a BE (Architect) graduate and daughter of Jayanth Kaikini, author and lyricist. Before Odissi, she has also learnt Bharathanatya under Girija Nayar, in Bombay.

It was an impressive programme. The opening Mangalacharan was testifying  to Srujana’s good grounding. The pallavi in Saveri was enlivening. With a lithesome figure and a charming face the Astapadi (Lalitha Lavanga) highlighted the fluid movements of the Odissi style. It was a pleasure to see the flowering of lyricism in her movements.
This was more pronounced in the ‘Dashawathar’. She executed the ten manifestations of Vishnu briefly. Without overdoing anything with swaying angikas and expressive eyes, her abhinaya was also restrained, but pleasing. She concluded her programme with ‘Moksha’, customarily.

With higher training and some more stage experience, Srujana Kaikini has a bright future in the years to come.

Binod Panda’s lively vocal with the musical support of Buddinath Swen (percussion), Ramesh Das (violin) and Srininvas Satpathi (bansuri) – were the other high spots of the programme.

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