The literature buffs must have heard of the Kafka societies that cropped up all
over the West. Such societies dissect the works of the author, and give new dimensions
to his Existentialist fables. But there must be very few societies, if any, that
devote their time to discussing an individual musician. But our very own Ghantasala's
music has proved to be inspiring and intriguing enough to have such societies
for it. These groups discuss, listen and practice his music, apart from interpreting
the subtle realities that pulsate in the fabric of his singing style.
Keeping this in mind, all the tributes offered this season to the musician have brought to the fore some aspect or the other, in great detail. But this particular tribute has covered the range - a kaleidoscope of moods, ranging from life, love, devotion and relationships. The Ghantasala-Keeravani Ganam, presented by the Abhinandana Arts Academy, was presided over by veterans like Akkineni Nageswara Rao and N Gopi, among others.
Interspersed with eulogizing comments by the guests and organizers, the two-hour musical night stirred up those old classics for the delight of the enthusiasts. Keeravani, who graced the occasion, himself got motivated and presented a couple of melodies to put the icing on the cake. The artists kept up the spirit, by rendering with perfection the golden numbers like "Oho Andhra Bhoomi", "Hai Hai Ga Amani Saage", "Raja Shekhara Ne Pai Moju Teera Ledu Ra", Rasika Raja" and so on.
The vocalists, Wilson, Jaisri, Ramana, Krishna, Siva Prasad, among others, rendered these timeless classics in a soothing manner. Isn't it surprising that in this age of techno music and corny love songs, there are many who keep their taste for the ever-inspiring classics?