She's been singing since the age of 2, so the concert is bound to be every bit as good as her illustrious CV promises. Here's SICA's latest presentation.
The South Indian Cultural Association (SICA), in association with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, is presenting an evening of Carnatic music Mangalampalli Swarna, on 26th September, at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium, King Koti. Anil Kumar on the violin and Omprakash on the mridangam will provide the support music for the recital.
Swarna was a child prodigy who started singing at a very young age of just 2 years. She was born in 1978, and was introduced to music in 1980, under the late Susarla Sivaram. She gave her first stage performance at the age of 3, and now has more than 500 Carnatic and light music concerts all over India in her archives. During a short span of only 5 years (1980-85) with Susarla Sivaram, she learnt over 150 rare keertanas and tillanas, excluding the renowned Annamayya and Thyagayya keertanas.
Swarna has completed her BA and MA in Music from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in music from Padmavathi Mahila University under the research-ship of Dwaram Lakshmi. She is a B-grade artiste of the AIR in Carnatic and light music.
She has been conferred upon numerous awards and prizes, including the Bala Bharathi Award, the National award from the Bhakta Ramadas Government College of Music (Secunderabad), the Neraval Award from the Krishna Gana Sabha, and titles such as Bala Ratna from Andhra Balananda Sangam and Bala Viswakala Jyothi from Viswakala Parishad.
She was a recipient of the CCRT scholarship for 12 years and the HRD scholarship for 2 years. At present, she is training under the famed Hyderabad Brothers, D Raghavachari and D Seshachari, and has founded a cultural association called Suswara Academy of Performing Arts, through which she organises musical nites and light music programs.
SICA was founded in 1959 by Dewan Bahadur Aramuda Iyengar, the Finance Minister of Hyderabad's Nizam and a great patron of Carnatic music. The association has since organised more than 1,000 concerts. It has provided a basic platform for upcoming artistes like U P Raju and Nagamani, Mandolin Srinivas and the Malladi Brothers.
SICA conducts workshops, felicitates artistes, and provides both moral and financial support to upcoming artistes. Dr. S Chakravarthy, IAS, former Chief Secretary to the Govt. Of AP, is the current President of the association, and R Chakrapani is the General Secretary.
The entry to the concert is by invitations, for members. The rest need to buy donor passes of Rs. 25 or Rs. 50 per head. Please contact R Chakrapani, Secretary of South Indian Cultural Association, at 98491-24675 for further details.