Are they worth Rs. 100? Well, yes and no - they're worth it, but they're worth much more!
Kalasagaram, on the occasion of its 39th Annual Cultural Festival Of Music, Dance And Drama from 24th November to 3rd December, is organising a Carnatic vocal duet by the Malladi Brothers today, the 6th day, at Bhagyalakshmi Kalabhavan in the Keyes Girls' High School. The duo will be supported by Trivandrum S R Mahadeva Sarma on the violin, Neyveli R Narayanan on the mridangam and Trichy K Murali on the ghatam.
The Malladi Brothers, Sriram Prasad and Ravi Kumar, hail from a family of musicians. Their father Malladi Suri Babu is a distinguished vocalist and staff artiste of AIR, Vijayawada. The brothers had their initial training from their father, and thereafter fine-tuned themselves from Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr Nedunuri Krishnamoorthy and Sangeeta Kalanidhi Dr Sripada Pinakapani.
Currently, the brothers have established themselves as one of the leading pairs of vocal musicians, and are indeed a pride for Andhra Pradesh. Endowed with rich and vibrant voices, they combine extremely well and sing with great verve and coordination, steeped in bhakti and bhaava, and adhering to pure classicism.
Kalasagaram is a South-Indian cultural association situated in the East Nehru Nagar of East Marredpally, and has been organising Carnatic music concerts for more than 35 years. The concerts are always held in the Keyes High School campus in the open-air theater. The singers are generally from outside Hyderabad, usually amateurs and upcoming artistes, and quite competent. Kalasagaram also occasionally stages South-Indian classical dances and Tamil plays.
The entry to this cultural festival is by daily donor passes of Rs. 100, Rs. 50 & Rs. 25 per head. Season passes are also available for Rs. 400, Rs. 300 & Rs. 200 per head. Please contact Rajagopalan of Kalasagaram at 2773-1775 for further details.