It takes 2 full deep breaths to call him by all his titles. And 2 full lifetimes to be satiated by his performances. The Legend Himself is going live today.
On the occasion of Musiri Subramanya Iyer's vardhanti, Sri Thyagaraya Gana Sabha is organising a music concert of renowned musicians, like vocalists Puranam Purushothama Sastry and P V Seshayya Sastry, and vainika D Srinivas, on 9th April. The inaugural concert of the day is by D Srinivas with a veena recital. He will be accompanied on the violin by M Surya Deepthi, and on the mridangam by Nemani Somayajulu.
Sastry is a very senior vocalist, who was born in 1925 to Puranam Kanakayya Sastry and Seetaramamma. Both his parents were musicians, and his father was also a renowned music vidhwan of those days. So music was in his blood. He learnt initially from his father. Influenced later by Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer's style of singing, he developed his own way of singing.
He completed the Sangeeta Vidhwan Certification course from Central College of Carnatic Music, Chennai. In Chennai, he trained under Sangeeta Kalanidhi Musri Subrahmanya Iyer for ten years, and in the process became the 6th generation disciple of the Saint Thyagaraja line. He was awarded the Central Scholarship, and was also selected for the All-India Radio, without any audition. He also had inputs of music from D K Rangachary and Tiger Varadachary.
Now 82 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.
Purushothama Sastry's is an impartial and straight-forward attitude, which commands respect from everyone. Blessed with a bold and heavy voice, his effortless rendition of any raga alapana and kriti proves his depth in music. He is an ardent devotee of Yadagirigutta Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, and also has very high regards for Sadguru Kandukuri Sivananda Murthy of Anandavan, Bheemili.
He is also very good in astrology, and does it at free of cost. Even though he never took to teaching music as a profession, he has taught many a needful musician at no cost, because he always thought music to be a divine art that shouldn't be traded.
Musiri Subramanya Iyer was one of the giants of Carnatic music during the beginning of this century, and is credited with modernising the centuries-old music. He was born in 1899, and debuted in the world of Carnatic music in 1920. Since then, he became a regular on the concert circuit. He was blessed with a beautiful high pitched voice with perfect tonal purity.
Iyer was a great exponent of bhava, bringing out the full emotional content of the krithis that he sang. Several honors and awards were showered on him. In 1939, he was awarded the Sangeetha Kalanidhi by the Music Academy of Chennai. In 1967, he was made a Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Academy. The President honored him with the Padma Bhushan in 1971.
Please contact the venue at 2763-8241 for further details.