Weekend concerts at Nadabrahma

This weekend Nadabrahma Sangeeta Sabha, JLB Road, has organised two major events. On  Jan.18, Smt. Shanta Narasimham Memorial concert will be held at  5 pm. The renowned Malladi Brothers will give a vocal duet accompanied by H.N. Bhaskar on violin, Tumkur B. Ravishankar on mridanga and G.S. Ramanujan on ghata.

Profile: Malladi Brothers Sreeramaprasad and Ravikumar were born with a legacy and rich tradition accrued through their grandfather Malladi Srirama Murthy and through their father Suri Babu, a disciple of Voleti Venkateswarulu. They have received additional training from Sangeetha Kalanidhi Pada Pinakapani and his well-known disciple Sangeetha Kalanidhi Nedunuri Krishnamurthy who, realising the potential of Malladi Brothers, took them under his guidance to represent his rich style of music.

A large repertoire of Karnatak compositions and possession of vibrant and powerful voices have made the duo the most sought after young maestros. Their musical intellect, melody and aesthetics provide for a most scintillating concert. They have sustained a classic and symbolic expression of Karnatak music, bagging awards from several premier organisations.

The programme is an endowment by Seetha Vatsalchari.

The second being event is Sangeeta Kalanidhi, Sangeeta Ratna Mysuru Peetilu T.Chowdaiah Samsmarane on Jan. 19 at 6 pm. Honouring Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr. Kanyakumari with   “DhanurVainika Brahma” award by Nadabrahma Sabha in honour of Piteeelu Chowdaiah will be followed by a violin solo performance by Dr. Kanyakumari accompanied by Arjun Kumar on mridanga and G. Guruprasanna on khanjira.

Avasarala Kanyakumari, a native of Vijayanagaram,  Andhra Pradesh, has been living in Chennai for more than 4 decades. She belongs to a family of musicians.Her parents Avasarala Ramarathnam and Jayalakshmi encouraged her immensely to pursue music. She was fortunate to be a disciple of three great legendary gurus, Ivaturi Vijeswara Rao, M. Chandrasekaran and M. L. Vasanthakumari.

Listening to her sparkling brighas and intricate sangatis while she had just started to tread her musical journey, the respected music critic Subbudu compared her music to the ever glittering diamond stud in the nose ring of Goddess Kanyakumari. Ever since she has received innumerable accolades and praise from audiences worldwide and discerning critics for her innovation, accompaniment and solo performances while at the same time strictly adhering to the Karnatak music tradition.  She has evolved her own style of melodious playing and silken bowing which closely resembles vocal music. The programme is an endowment by Piteelu Chowdaiah Samsmarana Vedike of well-wishers, Convenors being M.H. Anandakumar, Mayura and Vid. Chandan Kumar.

Chowdaiah

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