When the fragrance of tradition pervades…


Hyderabad: To continue the rich tradition of celebration of the saint poet Sri Tyagaraja’s Aradhana, Vagdevi Music Institute has organised a musical marathon on Tuesday at the Ravindra Bharathi. The institute is run by an illustrious musical couple — T Umashankar and Subbulakshmi, who have been teaching and promoting pure Carnatic classical music for the last 25 years.

Many musicians and Carnatic classical experts attended the programme which went on for ten hours — giving a sense of pleasure and satisfaction to the music lovers. The Aradhana started on ndid note by rendition of Pancharatna keerthanenned and sung by saint Tyagaraja – by Nandikunta Venkateswarlu and others.

Later, several of the saint’s keerthanas were mellifluously presented by the musicians and students. TTD violinist Sashibhusan, noted mridanga, ghata and flute artistes such as Dattatreya, Sudhakar and Udayavani, music college lecturers including Rajagopalachari, Jayakumarachari, Nageswara Rao and Vijayakumar supported throughout the rendition.

Eminent Kuchipudi dancer Surendranath and his dancer-wife performed a jugalbandi of Kuchipudi and Mohiniattam in an exquisite way. Bharatanatyam by Gita Lata and Narsinga Rao also evoked wide appreciation. “We would like to continue this tradition of Aradhana with our own money in the years to come as well. It’s our life and we would like to see Carnatic classical echoes in the twin cities with its grandeur in the generations to come,” Subbalaxmi, a former faculty member of Government Musical College, said.

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