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Arundhati Sarkar feted


Visakha Music Academy, at its five-day festival of music and dance recently, felicitated the renonwed exponent of Carnatic music (vocal), B. Arundhati Sarkar.

Initiated into music under the tutelage of the late Singaraju Suryanarayana Raju as a child, she had advanced training in the tradition from stalwart musicians like Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Panthulu and Sandhyavandanam Srinivasa Iyer. She had training in rendering Dikshitar's compositions and also made an in-depth study of almost all the facets of excellence in poesy and musical genius revealed in them under the expert guidence of Justice T.L. Venkatarama Iyer and D.K. Pattammal.


A listed artiste of AIR under the top ranking category, she broadcast concerts in the south zone and national hook-up chunks and composed and directed musical features like 'Mantralaya', 'Guruguhodayam', 'Sri Kamalamba', 'Bangaru Kamakshi'and 'Vijayanagara Vaibhavam' for AIR and Doordarsan. Invited to the US as part of the Asian Studies Development Programme organised by the East-West Centre of the University of Hawaii, Arundhati extensively toured all over the West rendering innumerable recitals and demonstrative lectures.

Having successfully guided two research projects on Dikshitar for the award of doctorate in Andhra University, she is now busy with another project comparing the Advaitha philosophy of Adi Sankara and Dikshitar.

Another befitting choice for the VMA award was P. Suseela Subrahmanyam, a product of the famous Kalakshetra and a disciple of Ivaturi Vijayeswara Rao. She was also felicitate at the festival.


The week also witnessed the celebration of the legendary play-back singer, Ghantasala's 80th birth anniversary with fervour. Soulful rendering of some of his film hits along with songs cut on discs by private recording companie by T. Saratchandra playing himself on the keyboard and his brother Govinda with excellent support on the tabla by Panduranganatham and Rama Devi joining in duets marked the function organised by Visakha Light Music Academy.

Sarat and the popular news reader of ETV, Gali Pragathi, were felicitated on the occasion by Raavi Kondalarao. S. Balaramamurthy, N.A.R. Sastry, A.S.N. Murthy and G. Bhavanisankar coordinated the programme. A. Chandramouli proposed a vote of thanks.

Later in the week, noted litterateur, Oruganti Narasimham delivered an interesting lecture on the Vamanavathara Ghattam from the Mahabharata at a meeting organised by Sahitya Surabhi. An admix of subtle humour and cognisant analysis, the lecture was an enlightenment on the style of Pothana's simple but ambrosial artistry in poesy. Ramatheertha and Durvasula Dakshinamurthy spoke. Peri Venkatarama Krishnamurthy presided. Peri Subbaraya Sastri proposed a vote of thanks.

A. RAMALINGA SASTRY

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