The Sadguru Thyagaraja Sampradaya Seva Samithi is presenting the Sri Thyagaraja Music Festival from 31st January to 2nd February, at Kala Subbarao Kala Vedika, the mini-hall of Sri Thyagaraya Gana Sabha in Chikkadpally. Today, the inaugural day, P V S Seshaiah Sastry will be performing a Carnatic vocal recital of Saint Thyagaraja's compositions. He will be accompanied by N C Ramanujam on the violin, D S R Murthy on the mridangam and Bhagavathula Laxminarasimham on the ghatam.
Seshaiah Sastry has recently retired as the Principal of Sri Thyagaraya Government College of Music at Ramkote, Hyderabad. He is a senior artiste in the field of music, and has been performing over the last 30 years. He has worked as Lecturer and Principal in various government music colleges. Artistes like Vizianagaram D Vardhini, London Vamsi Krishna, M V P Saraswati and M V Nagalakshmi are some of his disciples who earned recognition worldwide.
He trained initially under Pulavarti Rama Dikshitulu, and thereafter with Susarla Sivaram and Nedunuri Krishna Murthy. He has given performances in various cities in India like Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Bilaspur, and also in New Jersey, Chicago and New York, besides, of course, Hyderabad.
The Sadguru Thyagaraja Sampradaya Seva Samithi was established about a decade ago by Puranam Purushothama Sastry. Sastry is a senior vocalist, born in 1925. He completed the Sangeeta Vidhwan Certification course from the Central College Of Carnatic Music, Chennai. In Chennai, he also trained under Sangeeta Kalanidhi Musri Subrahmanya Iyer for ten years, and in the process became the 6th generation disciple of the Saint Thyagaraja line.
Now 83 years of age, he has more than six decades of singing experience, and has toured many countries. Musicians take it as a privilege to accompany him, and legends like Lalgudi Jayaraman, Palghat Raghu, Akella Mallikarjuna Sarma, Dr M Bala Muralikrishna, Umayalpuram K Sivaraman, T V Gopalakrishnan, Dwaram Durgaprasad, Komunduri Seshadri and the like have accompanied him. He has been conferred upon many awards and titles, with the Hamsa Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh ranking foremost.
Please contact Puranam Purushothama Sastry at 98494-19946 for further details.