The Andhra Music Academy is organising its 8th Annual Music & Dance Festival from 1st to 7th February, at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium. The week long festival has some of best music vidhwans and most talented artistes of the current and the past generations performing, notably violinists Dwaram Mangatayaru and Dwaram Satyanarayana Rao, Bharatanatyam dancers Rajeshwari Sainath and Leela Samson, Carnatic vocalists Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Nityasree Mahadaven and Malladi Brothers, and Hindustani vocalists Jayateerth Mevundi and Sangeetha Kulkarni.
Today, the sixth and the penultimate day, V Nagaraju will play some of Saint Thyagaraja's compositions on the flute. This is the first recital for the day and will be supported by B S Narayana on the violin and G Ramachandran on the mridangam.
Nagaraju is a senior flautist, and was the foremost disciple of the famous Manda Balarama Sarma in 1972. He is a A-High graded artiste of the AIR, Vijayawada. He is also a staff and A-grade artiste of AIR, Hyderabad. He has performed in most parts of the country, particularly in North India. He has also toured London, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia, and performed to wide applause and appreciation everywhere.
He won the 1st prize in the All-India AIR Music Competitions in 1980, and had the privilege of receiving this award from the Late M S Subbalakshmi. He received the titles of Venu Gana Vidhya Visharada and Venu Gana Vayidya Praveena from cultural associations.
The Andhra Music Academy was formed in 2001 to particularly sponsor, support and patronise music. In this endeavour, the academy has roped in some very eminent musicians into its advisory panel, like Dr. Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna, Dr Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana and Nedunuri Krishna Murthy. The academy organises and conducts various music festivals every year and plans to soon organise these every month.
The entry to all the programs is free. Please contact 94401-93582/98480-59020 for further details.