It's a Monday evening, and the only Being that can provide anything to look forward to is the Lord. Or perhaps something mellifluous. Or perhaps there is scope for both.
As part of the Nada Brahmotsavams, the students of Shankari Natyasthal will be presenting a Kuchipudi dance ballet, Annamayya Sankeerthana Prabha, on 25th September at Annamacharya Bhavana Vahini, Annamayyapuram.
The students, Angara Sri Vidya, Solsa Diksha, Guda Manisha, Chennupati Harika, Harshita Raju, Mun Mun Dutta, Sahiti Kumar, Madugula Vani and Rupa Srinivas, will be starting the program with Ganesha Stuti - invocation to Lord Ganesha with Kasi Nadha Shabdam - and will follow with the tarangam Jaya Jaya Swamin composed by Saint Narayana Theertha in Sowrashtra Raagam with Adi Talam, and Vinaro Bhagyamu Vishnu Katha in Suddha Dhanyasi Raagam with Adi Talam.
The ballet of Annamayya Sankeerthana Prabha, sankeerthanas of the Saint Annamacharya, starts with the following themes, that are all part of the ballet:
Adivo Alladivo – Madhyamavati Ragam, Adi Talam
Nallani Meni – Poorvi Kalyani Ragam, Adi Talam
Indariki Abhayambu - Jenjuti Ragam, Tisragati Adi Talam
Vachhenu Alamelu Manga - Hindola Ragam, Adi Talam
Valachi Vacchiti Nenu – Kapi ragam, Adi Talam
Alarulu Kuriyaga – Sankarabharana Ragam, Adi Talam
Emoko Chiguru – Tillang Ragam, Rupaka Talam
Jayalakshmi Varalakshmi – Lalitha Ragam, Adi Talam
Gandhamu Puse Vele - Kanada Ragam, Tisragati Adi Talam
Chakkani Talliki - Padi Ragam, Adi Talam
Okapari Okapari – Kharaharapriya Ragam, Adi Talam
Ekkadi Manusha Janmam – Bouli Ragam, Tisragati Adi Talam
Sandekada Puttinadi Chayala Panta – Ramakriya Ragam, Adi Talam
Tandanana – Bouli Ragam, Tisragati Adi Talam
Finally, there is the Thillana in Dhanasri Ragam, Adi Talam, composed by Maharaja Swati Tirunal in praise of Lord Padmanabha.
The Nattuvangam and vocals are being rendered by Sangeeta Nritya Vidya Praveena Guru Yeleswarapu Vijaya Valli Priya, with vocal support by Kumari Iruganti Madhavi Latha, violin by Purihella Bharadwaj and mridangam by Gunaranjan.
Shankari Natyasthal was started more than a decade ago by Vijaya Valli Priya, who's been teaching dance and music with all dedication and offers a revived tradition of Kuchipudi and Carnatic music, in a unique style designed by yesteryear maestros, and now blended with novel creativity.
The students of Shankari Natyasthal staged many dance performances across the nation, such as at Bhadrachala Devasthanam, Sri Saraswati Temple (Basar), Sri Rajarajeshwara Swamy Temple (Vemulavada), Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple (Yadagirigutta), Sri Mallikarjuna Swamy Devasthanam (Srisailam) and Kanaka Durga Temple (Vijayawada), to mention a few.
Vijaya Valli Priya is a famous Harikatha Bhagavatarini, Kuchipudi Dance Guru and Carnatic musician, who's excelled in Harikatha, an art form that is generally supposed to be a male bastion. She imbibed the art of narration, histrionics, music, dance and philosophical doctrines from her late father and Guru Harikatha Bhagavatar Yeleswarapu Subrahmanya Sastry.
She has rendered Harikatha at several places since the age of 5. She has represented the Government of Andhra Pradesh at the TANA Silver Jubilee Celebrations in San Jose, at Sunny Wale Temple in San Jose, and at the Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple in Malibu, Los Angeles, USA.
She was honored with titles Harikatha Natya Mayuri in 1992 by the Bhadrachalam temple authorities, Kadha Kadhana Kovida in 1994 by Ramalingeswara Peetham (Ongole), and Sangeeta Nritya Vidya Praveena in 2006 by Sree Rama Gana Sabha, New Nallakunta.
Some of her dance ballets like Nauka Charitam, Rukmini Kalyanam, Nava Durga Vilaasam and Thyagaraja Keertanaamrutham were staged to a good response and applause.
Please contact Annamacharya Bhavana Vahini at 2311-2299, 2311-2425 for further details.