Hyderabad: Quite often, their role is as important as the main artiste in a performance! However, on several occasions, the role of supporting artistes who quietly work their magic on the instruments in the background, goes unnoticed.
Deshapathi Srinivas Sharma, a veteran in providing instrumental music support during Avadhanams and similar cultural programmes on a keyboard and on occasions even tabla, points out that background music is very important for the success of cultural programmes like Avadhanam.
“You must anticipate the Avadhani and play the tune according to their needs. Moreover, there is also a need for you to understand Avadhani’s language. I have assisted Avadhani Dr. GM Rama Sharma several times and he insisted that I accompany him to the World Telugu Conference,” says Deshapathi Srinivas Sharma.
Cousin brother of OSD to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Deshapathi Srinivas, the keyboard and tabla player points out that anticipation is key.
Sharma says the role of musical instruments is not to dominate but to accompany the artistes. “I am always alert and try to anticipate what tune the Avadhani is going to take. Quite often, the rhythm also helps with the flow of Avadhani,” he says.
Providing accompanying music to spiritual and religious discourses of gurus is a passion for Deshapathi Srinivas Sharma, who is a Telugu teacher at a government school in Siddipet. “I do have a full time job as a Telugu teacher. However, my love for Telugu language has kept me in this business for a long time,” he says.