The environs of Shankar Mutt in Nallakunta came alive with soulful renditions on the occasion of the 252nd birth anniversary of Saint Thyagaraja celebrated on May 12. This unique Thyagaraja Sangeetha Nritya Aradhana with musicians and dancers paying tribute to the saint composer, together, was the first-of-its-kind in the city and was started by the highly-talented musical duo Sweta Prasad and Renuka Prasad along with dancer Pramod Kumar Reddy, six years ago.
“I am proud to say that I come from a Nritya Sangeetham (dance-music) background. Till date, we have witnessed only Brinda gaanam, which sees musicians perform during the Thyagaraja Aradhanas, but there was never a dance and music combination, so we thought of combining both,” says Sweta Prasad, one of the organisers.
As days go by, this event is getting bigger with the dancers and the musicians singing with bhakti and dance with dedication. Such programmes are undeniably visual feats for the audiences, who get to see eminent artistes perform together in sync.
Nearly 60-80 artistes participated in this bhakti rasa Nritya-Sangeetham event. The audiences were pleased to witness five senior and exemplary artistes perform in the Bharatanatyam, Vilasini Natyam, and Kuchipudi styles.
It began with the invocation Sriganapathini (Saurashtra) by Bhavya, Jagadananda Karaka (Naata) by Kalaimamani Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, Duduku Gala (Gowla) by Divyasena, Sadhincheney (Aarabhi) by Mridula Anand, Kana Kana Ruchira (Varali) by Purva Dhanashree and Endaro Mahanubhavulu (Sriragam) by Pasumarthy Mrutyunjaya Sharma. The sacred temple premise was energised with the inseparable music and dance treat which was witnessed by the jam-packed audiences.