Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Spotlight on Andhra's artistes . . .

In some ways, it was an evening that put the spotlights on artistes from Andhra Pradesh. At the opening evening of awards and launch of the December Season festival of Sri Thyaga Brahma Sabha at the Vani Mahal campus, three awardees hail from the neighboring state.
The Priya Sisters and Kamalakar Rao.

And both harked to their simple, small beginnings in this city.

Hari Priya in her felicitation reply rewound to the time when the sisters arrived in Madras that is Chennai after their initial training, looking for greener pastures. "When we began learning music our parents did not send us for classes with a view of us becoming performers…they wanted us to just learn music……'said Hari Priya.

Mridangam senior who has been performing close to 60 plus years said that he hailed from Rajamundhry and Madras was a natural destination for concert play. The vidwan who has accompanied all the greats and over many generations learnt among others from the maestro, Palghat Mani Iyer.

Most artistes from AP who have made their mark continue to reside in their state but are often seen on stage in this city. There are a few arts promotion bodies which showcase new talent here. thus giving them a break locally.

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